Who We Are

JOY is made up of high-school students who are looking to make a positive change in their communities. We come from different cultural backgrounds which help us understand other youth in our communities, and how we feel as minorities, in a rural setting that can be so isolated. At the beginning of every year, we pick three committees for three main topics, one of which is usually farmworkers’ rights. For example, JOY chose racism in schools, racial profiling, and farmworker rights last year. These issues are important to us because we want migrant workers and their children to have a voice and feel part of the community. With these places to turn to, people will have the courage to stand up for their beliefs to advance society towards a better future. We strive for justice through performing arts in order to create systemic change. Performing arts encompasses everything from theater and spoken word to music.
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What We Do

  • Meet every Friday from 6-8:30 pm (Dinner is provided!)
  • Write and perform plays, such as a Theater of the Oppressed play focusing on Racism and Farmworker Rights we present each year at the Harvesting Justice Symposium in Rochester
  • Participate in an end-of--year educational, fun trip
  • Tour colleges, such as SUNY Brockport and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and learn about the college application process
  • Host film screenings, such as Precious Knowledge (on modern Civil Rights) and After I Pick The Fruit: The Lives of Farmworker Women
  • Host fundraisers to support important causes
  • Join us!

    Currently, we have members from Sodus, Marion, Newark, and Clyde. High school students in the surrounding area can apply to join. Please contact Gabriela Quintanilla to request more information. (Download Brochure Here)

    There are also opportunities to help JOY by offering, rides, food, and educational opportunities. Contact Gabriela to discuss.