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Pillar 2 Partners: Lifting Inclusive Partnerships

These civic engagement partners foster inclusive collaborations that address pertinent local issues and strengthen under-resourced communities. We are honored to support each of these outstanding organizations:

    • Hmong Innovating Politics
      • Facilitating civic engagement, organizing, and leadership skill-building training for 15 youth and young adult leaders
      • Increasing civic participation in the Hmong, Southeast Asian America, and other historically excluded communities in Fresno and Sacramento
    • Sacramento Area Congregations Together
      • Training community leaders in participatory budgeting to become well versed on the potential for impacting Sacramento budgets and increase voter turnout among low-propensity voters
    • Sol Collective
      • Training new media makers and further develop a community media to newsroom pipeline addressing the issues of lack of diversity in the newsroom
    • South Kern Sol
      • Building the foundation of a Central Valley-wide journalism collaborative bridging ethnic media and local outlets
      • Increasing youth in the youth journalism program
      • Producing a report on investigative editorial content to educate the community on their local governments
    • Yolo County Office of Education for the Yolo County Youth Civic Initiative (YCYCI) 
      • Drafting curriculum with teachers for grade twelve government classes to better prepare students to become active participants in civic life
      • Examining increases in student community engagement and voting
    • Faith in the Valley 
      • Building civic power with Generation Z and low propensity voters
      • Focusing on election engagement and the pandemic housing crisis


First Amendment protections on free speech, expression, and a free press.

First Amendment


In its exploratory phase to embark on a major First Amendment strategy, the James B. McClatchy Foundation launched the LIFT Initiative as a grant making pilot to advance awareness of and engagement with the First Amendment as it relates to free speech, freedom of expression, and a free press in Central Valley communities.

Through a listening journey with communities, we partner with Central Valley organizations to uncover the core support needed to engage in First Amendment freedoms and sustain a vibrant civic life. What surfaced is a vivid civic engagement ecosystem of connected partners ranging from community organizers, civic educators and journalists to First Amendment advocates. Collectively, they create a blueprint for how to successfully uplift the First Amendment in the Central Valley. As the LIFT pilot evolves into a longer-term strategy, we embrace opportunities to safeguard local news and amplify community voices that represent the future of the Central Valley.

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