Editor’s Note: Fresno has ranked last in green space for four years in a row according to The Trust for Public Land. This lack of green space is even more pronounced in south Fresno. According to the City of Fresno’s own statistics, there is 1.02 park acres per 1,000 residents in south Fresno, compared to the 4.62 park acres per 1,000 residents in north Fresno. We wanted to hear from young people using Fresno parks about why they want more green space. To find out more about parks in Fresno, please RSVP to Invest in Youth by Investing in Park, a forum hosted by Fresno Boys and Men of Color on August 27 at Yokomi Elementary School.   

Video by Alex Taylor, photographer, and Zeke Benavides, host and photography assistant. 

The kNOw Youth Media
The kNOw works to support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.

In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.

Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our biannual youth publication, multimedia projects, and community forums.

The kNOw began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018 The kNOw became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.

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