Ciera Payton receives the 2016 Los Angeles Pioneer Woman Award

To honor the contributions of individuals who serve the city by advancing the status of women and girls, the City of Los Angeles Commission On the Status of Women presents the Pioneer Women of the Year award to remarkable leaders whose lifelong work has enriched the lives of women and girls.

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This year Councilwoman Nury Martinez recognized and honored Ciera Payton for her work and contribution to Los Angele City Council District 6. For the last 3 years, Ciera Payton has dedicated her summers to provide an arts-based camp, titled The Michael’s Daughter Project to the youth of District 6. Funded by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and hosted by Casa Esperanza, Ciera allows students to channel their pain and challenges through the art of creative writing, theater, and filmmaking. Ciera has 15 years of experience working with inner-city students through arts-based learning. Check out her speech from the LA Pioneer Woman Award Ceremony, to find out more.

Ciera Payton’s Speech