Lizbeth Hernandez was inducted into the Youth Category in 2016.
BiLizbeth is a teenager whose tireless involvement is changing her home community of Oakland for the better. She was one of the first participants in Girls Inc.'s Girls Resource Center in Oakland and has been a driving force in organizations supporting social justice, food justice and youth transitioning from the criminal justice system. Leaders at Girls Inc. say that Lizbeth truly exemplifies the organization's mission of being strong, smart and bold. Through Girls Inc. she has participated in fitness programming and provided academic support to other girls, while participating in a rigorous College Readiness Program. Thanks to the dedication she shows to her school work, Lizbeth received a scholarship to attend the Bayer International Science Teens Camp at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Her committed community activism also helped Lizbeth secure an internship with the office of East Bay Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Currently, Lizbeth is in her second year of an internship at Peace in Action, a youth group that works for social justice. She also has worked with mentors within the criminal justice system, and is determined to one day fulfill her dream of graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.