This year, Community Coalition (CoCo) is celebrating 30 years of organizing African American and Latinx youth and residents to influence, change, and create public policy that can improve the quality of life in South LA. Building from successful organizing fellowships over the last three years, CoCo is hosting its 2020 Youth Organizing Fellowship cohort which will contribute to the social justice movement by investing in the next generation of leaders committed to transforming the social and economic conditions of Black and Brown communities and to advancing equity and opportunity. 

A cohort of 14 fellows will be equipped with foundational organizing skills through intensive training in theory of social change, the art and science of youth organizing, and hands-on application in broad base-building efforts of high school students in South Los Angeles.  


Nyereath Nhial

Mental Health Advocate, Community Servant, Avid Candle Collector

Armando Peña

CoCo Youth Alum, Humboldt State, Student Activist

Harold LLOYD

Actor, Activist, Poet

Ian Taylor

Retention Coordinator, UCLA Alum, DJ

Davona Watson

CoCo Youth Alum, Cal State LA Scholar, Vegan Chef

Whisper Torres

East Oakland Native, UCLA Double Major, Dance Aficionado

Destiny Moore

Performing Artist, Social Justice Activist, Stockton Native

Mariluz Tejeda Leon

Yale Student, Organizer, Music Lover

Marquel Reid

Brotherhood Crusade’s Youth Organizing Coordinator, LA Native, Published Poet

Jathan Melendez

CoCo Youth Alum, Community Activist, CalState LA Grad

Jeffery Hines

Brotherhood Crusade Mentor, South Central Native, Public Allies Alum

Saraia Driver

Arkansas Native, UCLA Alum, Philosopher

Ryan Bell

CoCo Youth Alum, Morehouse Grad, Master’s of Public Service Student

Alyx Romero

Photographer, Social Justice Activist, Jiu Jitsu Trainer