Annavae Sifuentes

Santa Clara County

Pronouns: she/hers (17)

Annavae is the second youngest out of four siblings, and a Xicana born and raised in San Jose. She is a Siblings on the Rise graduate and now a youth organizer. Both her parents, also born and raised in San Jose, had kids at a young age. Annavae saw her family in and out of the system at a young age and noticed how the system was failing her loved ones. She has also been criminalized by the police throughout her life, including arrest and probation. With support from YWFC, she was able to complete probation. Annavae wants to change the system so that nobody is made to feel like they are nothing rather than supported and motivated. There was a point when Annavae wanted to give up but YWFC gave her hope. She is excited to be part of a community where we game each other up, appreciate and uplift young people’s stories that can inspire change.