Sights and Sounds of Bayview: Youth Organizer Juana Tello

Bayview has the highest concentration of kids in the whole city. Juana Teresa Tello grew up there, and is training these young people to be activists in their community. She’s a co-founder of the youth program at POWER, or People Organized to Win Employment Rights. POWER is a radical, grassroots organization serving working-class African Americans and Latinos in San Francisco.

Just the past Thursday, Juana was among the activists that stood in the way of a bus full of people being deported. Many young people were also in the crowd, and according to Juana, it’s a sign that young people these days care more about what’s happening in their community than you might think. Reporter Cristal Fiel followed Juana and a group of teenagers fighting for change in the Bayview neighborhood.

The Sights and Sounds of Bayview is a storytelling project between the San Francisco Arts Commission and local public radio KALW 91.7FM with funding from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. These eight stories feature remarkable people who live, work, and make a positive change in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.

Radio Producer: Cristal Fiel
Photographer: Pernilla Persson
Local Music: 3rd Street Productions
Additional images from: James Stancil, Robynn Takayama, Tim Trautmann

Sights and Sounds of Bayview Team:
Robynn Takayama: Executive Producer
Holly Kernan: Executive Editor
Martina Castro: Supervising Editor
Audrey Dilling: Series Editor
Stephanie Foo and Seth Samuel: Sound Designers
Brian Storm: Multimedia Editor