CDF Youth Voices Storytelling Fellowship
Our Youth Voices initiative equips young individuals with the tools, training, and influence to narrate their unique stories. Our three storytellers share a common mission: sharing their experiences of growing up in an unequal America.
In a nation where children, families, and entire communities face marginalization, our storytellers confront these challenges head-on. Armed with the medium of filmmaking, they explore the impact of barriers that threaten their security, peace of mind, and joy. Their stories reflect both loss and hope, shedding light on the strength found within communities, connections, family, and friendships.
We confront the harm inflicted upon our youth when obstructive barriers deny them opportunities to thrive. Most importantly, we recognize the profound impact of youth voices.
Watch three powerful stories, expertly captured on film and crafted by our Youth Voices fellows: Merci Hardy, Camilo Montoya, and Mahia Rahman.
Seeds from the Same Tree
Name: Camilo Montoya
I’m Happy. Promise
Name: Merci Hardy
The Forgotten Scraps of My American Dream
Name: Mahia Rahman