“Raising the Bar” Gala Inspired with Youth Testimony

On April 24th, over a hundred people gathered for the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality’s (SKCE) Raising the Bar Gala. The gala raised $10,000 and leveraged a $37,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation in support of SKCE’s youth leadership development programs (Lego Robotics, Video Production, and Mock Trial) and family literacy program Leyendo Avanzamos (Reading Together We Advance).

“I want to share a story about when I found my voice,” said Moises Mendoza, a youth who was empowered by SKCE’s programming and who shared his story. “I used to be afraid of the police, the courts, judges, and the law. Through Mock Trial, I realize I have a voice, and I can use the law to help others.” Moises was one of the four program participants who testified at the event.