By Eva Barrows
Volunteers with Public Allies, a youth leadership training program, share their passion for civic engagement and community outreach on the April episode of “Talking with Henrietta.” The four Public Allies, Lea Bolsan, Edgar Tenorio, Alamoni Afungia, and Srishti Prabha, talk about their pursuit of higher education and how they value cultural understanding. As participants in Public Allies’ ten-month training program, each works full time at a Bay Area non-profit and spends one day a week training in management and leadership skills.
Another component of the Public Allies program is the Teen Service Project (TSP). All four Public Allies Henrietta interviews on the show are also currently writing articles for the East Palo Alto Today newspaper and they organized the recent Media Day for their TSP. The interns get to write about community issues of interest to them and are covering the challenges and solutions of the obesity epidemic, voter suppression, and profiles of outstanding East Palo Alto residents.
In celebration of East Palo Alto Today’s 13th anniversary, the Public Allies organized the first annual Media Day, which took place May 4, 2019, at the East Palo Alto Lewis and Joan Platt Family YMCA. Media Day brought awareness to resources and nonprofits serving the community. About 25 organizations took part representing entrepreneurship, higher education, LGBT, and healthcare support. As the founder of East Palo Alto Center for Community Media, Henrietta Burroughs spoke at the event, as did East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier, and other city officials. The event hosted about 80 partygoers who enjoyed the live music, family activities and delicious free food!