I’ve seen the recent coverage about the movie “McFarland, USA.” I was privileged to attend the Hollywood premiere of the movie as a Fresno Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) representative. BMoC is a partner of Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC) and we are a group of Fresno youth and adult allies who advocate for opportunities for Fresno youth.
What I remember the most about the movie is how the team inspired their city despite their struggles. Similarly, the Fresno BMoC youth faces challenges and we want to inspire our community by advocating for one healthy Fresno, a city that isn’t divided by race or wealth, and has clean parks, great schools and access to health care for every resident.
Like the movie says, champions can come from anywhere. And, with Fresno BMoC, I want to be a champion for our community.
Manuel Rodriguez Paredes