FREMONT YOUTH RECEIVES LOVE AWARD FROM MISSION PEAK UU CONGREGATION
Fremont, CA – Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont honored Arnav Gupta, writer for Youth Radio, with a Courageous Love Award during the regular Sunday service March 4. This award is given annually in conjunction with the national Side with Love campaign, which promotes equality for marginalized communities. The Fremont based congregation uses the award to single out an individual or organization that has exhibited courageous love and touched hearts in the past year.
Mission Peak UU’s 2018 recipient is Fremont resident Arnav Gupta, a senior at College Prep High School in Oakland. Over the past three years Gupta has worked with the Berkeley-based non-profit media production company, Youth Radio, as a contributing writer. While there he has researched and sent radio-based stories to various media outlets. Recently he wrote a piece that was accepted by KQED Perspectives, about anonymous hate that takes place in high schools. That piece was heard by a member of the congregation who nominated Gupta for the award. About the piece Gupta says, “I felt I needed to voice my thoughts about anonymity and how it can unearth deep biases.” In it he expresses the distrust he felt when discovering hidden racism.