Director of Generation Justice Roberta Rael was recently awarded the Spirit of Hope Direct Service Award at the 2018 New Mexico Voices for Children Kids Count Conference.

The Spirit of Hope Direct Service Award honors New Mexico’s hard-working supporters of programs and services that engage and touch children, making a difference in their lives. Their work has had both subtle and profound impacts, creating a cumulative effect.

New Mexico Voices for Children makes policy recommendations to state lawmakers based on research into issues such as child poverty, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and educational achievement. The organization has worked to raise the state minimum wage, expand Medicaid, and increase funding for early childhood education.

Roberta has devoted 23 years to empowering youth, building racial and gender equity, and organizing–all while igniting a passion for journalism and media justice in New Mexico. The program she founded and still leads, Generation Justice, is a multiracial, multicultural project training youth to harness the power of media and give rise to narratives based on truth, analysis, and hope. Generation Justice’s mission is to inspire youth to become media makers committed to social transformation. Congratulations, Roberta!

Photo: Plaque awarded to Roberta Real, Director of Generation Justice. Courtesy of Generation Justice.

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