FROM YCLP TO USC: MEET THE 21-YEAR-OLD STUDENT MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN L.A.
Political activism isn’t just a goal for many young adults, it’s a reality. 21-year-old Miriam Antonio is the perfect example. Growing up in a single parent household, she broke through hurdles to receive a quality education that would open doors that could immensely help her and her family.
As a student at Fairfax High and member of the United Way's Young Civic Leadership Program, she spent her days juggling school, work, volunteering, and family all while fighting for political causes close to her heart. While many students were enjoying a relaxed summer vacation, Miriam continued to immerse herself in the world of political activism by attending a youth leadership conference in Washington, D.C. and interning for the school board.
That hard work and fierce determination got her to her dream university, USC. In addition to taking on an interdisciplinary major—philosophy, politics and law—she also remains heavily involved in community affairs and is currently working as a volunteer for the gubernatorial campaign of Antonio Villaraigosa, participating in the campus Democrats Club and the Society of Women and Law.
When L.A. Times’ columnist Steve Lopez first met Miriam at United Way’s 2015 school board candidate forum, he was impressed by her dedication and passion. Now three years later, he’s following her success closely and you should too. Read more via L.A. Times.
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