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Photo: Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

The Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition offers opportunities for new insights and friendships.

While stories of intercultural strife and conflict dominate the airwaves, there are many programs working to increase understanding and mutual respect.

Tucson's Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition is one of them. The program provides unique opportunities for Jewish and Latino high school students from Southern Arizona, including meetings with elected officials and other community leaders, a leadership and public service curriculum, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to lobby congressional representatives.

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Photo: Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

One of the group's major highlights is a chance to visit Washington, D.C.

Students Harrison Avigdor and Analiza Grabowski join Arizona Illustrated to speak about their experiences in the coalition, along with Josh Hurand, an adviser for the program.

The Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition is a program of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Jewish Community Relations Council, supported by the offices of Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

We speak to the coordinator of the Jewish\\u002DLatino Coalition and two students who participated in the program about its goals and their experiences.