Janelle Astorga-Ramos, is a Chicanx born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up in the neighborhood of San José. She is a senior at the University of New Mexico studying Political Science and Chicano/a studies. She began her community organizing career when she was 14 years old and first focused her efforts around reproductive justice with the organization Bold Futures. She is still a big reproductive justice advocate today, and organizes with the organization Strong Families. Janelle has also led walk-outs and protests against privatization of education, high stakes testing and other educational equity issues. She has advocated for educational equity for many years and is especially focused on student to student leadership development.
In 2015, Janelle co-founded Youth Voices In Action (VIA) a program designed by students for students, inside of Albuquerque Public Schools. VIA is a model program in 8 different APS middle and high schools and acts as a way to educate students on Social Justice and community organizing, so that students can build their own campaigns in their schools. Janelle is trained to perform Anti-Racism/deconstructing racism Training’s to adults and youth and has used her community organizing skills to challenge systems. As the 21st Century coordinator at Working Classroom, Janelle coordinates art and new media classes at South Valley Academy and the Native American Community Academy for Working Classroom artists and guest artists and also provides quality assurance for the Public Education Department’s guidelines, reports and regulations for WC as a 21st Century Community Learning Center.