Photo: Claire Goodman / Staff Writer
Student-led community activism group Katy4Justice made headlines earlier this month when the burgeoning nonprofit orchestrated a Black Lives Matter protest that drew more than 3,000 people.
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Spurred on by the success of their first human rights endeavor, Katy4Justice is expanding its mission and raising funds for Tony’s Place, a drop-in center in Houston focusing on LGBTQ+ youth up to 25 years of age who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness.
Katy4Justice’s newest endeavor is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes donated from local businesses.
Katy4Justice is run by three Katy ISD high school students from Cinco Ranch High School and Seven Lakes High School.
“We saw the momentum that we had created with the Katy for Black Lives Matter protest, and we realized this was something that was changing, and this was an opportunity to make Katy a little bit more active and a little bit more progressive,” said Katy4Justice co-founder Erika Alvarez.
Alvarez reported that the group has more than 1,000 followers on Instagram since its inception three weeks ago.
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“Through Katy4Justice, we’re hoping to educate our community members and put a spotlight on young voices in Katy, showing our communities that we are the next generation of change,” Alvarez added.
Katy4Justice has collected more than $500 in in-kind donations from local businesses, Alvarez said. Tony’s Place will receive 100 percent of the funds from the raffle.
The advocacy group is currently in the process of applying for status at a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
“By helping one minority, you ultimately help everybody else,” Alvarez said. “One fight is everyone’s fight.”
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Raffle tickets are $5 each, and there are five different prizes available. To purchase tickets or to learn more about Katy4Justice, visit the organization’s Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/p/CBgnN2KhlHX/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link