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Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

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Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta Foundation
Purpose Prize Fellow 2007

Fighting for civil rights for the rural poor in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Dolores Huerta has put in more than five decades organizing and advocating for farm workers. But her earlier work organizing boycotts, negotiating union contracts, and lobbying lawmakers as co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association – later known as the United Farm Workers Union – left many of the bigger-picture needs of the workers unmet. So when, at age 72, the Puffin Foundation gave Huerta a $100,000 “Creative Citizen” award, she used the funds to establish her long-time dream: the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Since 2003, the Foundation has established Vecinos (Neighbors) Action Committees in the San Joaquin Valley in California. The committees educate workers on issues such as voters’ rights, immigration law, health and safety issues, and college opportunities. The committees also have won local victories to improve youth recreation programs and repeal utility rate increases. Huerta plans to expand the organizing model statewide.