Lily Larsen

Lily Larsen

I am a 17-year-old​ activist/arts advocate and have been participating in marches, protests and petitions since I was 5 years old. I serve on Mayor Garcetti's Youth Council for South LA. And have generated a petition to ban factory farming in California with over 55,000 signatures. I organize community cleanups and get teens like me connected with social justice/ activism all over LA. I care deeply about life on this planet - not only human life, but the 8.7 millions species of life that were here before us. Are you with me? www.adolescentactivist.com
Opinion: Vote yes on Proposition 10

Opinion: Vote yes on Proposition 10

Its vital us youth know the importance of voting yes on prop 10 to prevent more displacement and homelessness. The rent is too high for many. We must do our part to advocate for vulnerable Angelenos. #Yeson10

Civic Youth: Free summer program at City Hall

Civic Youth: Free summer program at City Hall

Are you between the age of 14 and 24 and want to make a positive difference and empower your community? Look no further!  The City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is excited to offer a leadership program designed for youth and young adults aged...

Residents are being displaced. Sign this bill!

Residents are being displaced. Sign this bill!

With developments taking over Los Angeles, Angelenos are being bought out and displaced by developers. We must take immediate action! The State Bill (827) that is being pushed through in Sacramento would override city codes and planning. Urgent action needs to be...

How I’m fighting displacement in Mid City

How I’m fighting displacement in Mid City

As a teen, it is VITAL to know that YOU have the POWER to ORGANIZE!!! With developments popping up and displacing Community Members I decided to do something about it. So I organized a Community Meeting. Where local residents can discuss what they feel about these...

The Mid City Youth want a local Cafe & Community space!

The Mid City Youth want a local Cafe & Community space!

Growing up in Mid City we never really had a local coffee shop or community space to hang out, chat, listen to music or make art. The only thing in my neighborhood is liquor stores, pot shops, and a Methadone Clinic. We didn't have any open space to express ourselves...

The Teens view on marijuana usage

The Teens view on marijuana usage

Teens have this little thing called teen angst, and with this "angst" we are subject to experiment with things that we technically shouldn't because our frontal lobe isn't developed yet or we want to do something because we know its illegal or not allowed. One...

The importance of youth in neighborhood councils

The importance of youth in neighborhood councils

This weekend I got the amazing opportunity to give a speech in front of 850-plus Neighborhood Council Participants, city officials such as council members Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas. It was such an honor to know that they all...

Igniting a spark for LAFD: Fighting fire with females

Igniting a spark for LAFD: Fighting fire with females

Last weekend the Los Angeles Fire Department hosted its third Girls Camp in hopes of inspiring teen girls to pursue a career with the LAFD. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the intensive and learn about a day in the life of a firefighter....