How students in a Fresno, California high school used a youth impact assessment to promote change

During spring 2023, six students from Sanger West High School in Fresno County, California, conducted a youth impact assessment (YIA) to understand and address the lack of STEM diversity at their rural high school. Their goal was to increase participation in STEM by students from historically underrepresented communities so these students gain a foothold on the path to economic mobility.

The youth worked with Mariah Cobb, project specialist with Cradle to Career Fresno County (Fresno C2C), housed at the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Fresno C2C, a member of the Cradle to Career Network, is a cross-sector collective impact network focused on building equitable systems and inclusive economic mobility for children and families in Fresno County.