Gerardo has 7 years of experience in youth development and leadership cultivation in environmental stewardship and food justice. He co-managed Farm Fresh Choice of the Ecology Center for five years, where he have successfully coordinated many moving parts for the community farmers markets, youth peer-education workshops, and family empowerment classes. He brings his expertise in honoring and motivating youth, facilitating solidarity between groups, and inspiring people to take advantage of their inner wealth and resources to realize their best potentials. Gerardo has deep relationships with many adults and youth in organizations throughout the country that work to bring balance and equity to our food system – relationships that fortify him in his journeys and activities to achieve community empowerment through food justice, activating indigenous wisdom, honoring sacred food culture, collaborating with minority and small farmers, and planting seeds of critical consciousness and compassion. He is a student and practitioner of traditional Mexican healing, ritual music, and facilitates theater based exercises for transformation. Find him farming, facilitating talking circles in youth detention centers, playing music in the park with children
Maya has worked as a youth leader in the food movement since 2007. Beginning as a youth intern with Food What?! in Santa Cruz, California, she learned the power of her voice and became committed to the causes of food justice, drawing from her own experience and that of her peers, Maya grew her leadership and was selected to be the first RIC Youth Organizer. She was instrumental in designing and building the position, was instrumental in facilitating the creation of the Youth Food Bill of Rights, and recently received the Brower Youth Award for her work with RIC. Maya has recently graduated from Mills College with degrees in Ethnic Studies and Political Legal Economic Analysis and serves as an Educator with RIC network group Planting Justice.