For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lil Milagro Henriquez
Phone: (303) 929-2402; Email: LilMilagro@MyceliumYouth.org
Mycelium Youth Network presents Gaming for Justice: A Virtual Gaming Experience Through Oakland’s Time and Space
Mycelium Youth Network creates a vibrant immersive social and environmental justice
gaming experience for youth launching in June.
Oakland, California. This June, Mycelium Youth Network, an Oakland-based climate justice organization that prepares frontline youth for climate change, is launching Gaming for Justice, an interactive virtual Dungeons and Dragons-based adventure through various Oakland neighborhoods at different moments in history.
Gaming for Justice is a unique interactive adventure that was designed, drawn, and soundtracked by Oakland artists and visionaries. Using a combination of oral storytelling, artistic depictions, and customized music, Mycelium Youth Network will run a fully immerse virtual gaming experience based in the history of Oakland, California. Youth will have the opportunity to engage with four different adventures from the deforestation of Oak trees from Oakland, the missionization process, the Black Panther party, and will end examining ground-water pollution around the Black Solidarity Market by Lake Merrit. Youth will have the opportunity to solve real life issues and address ongoing challenges, such as pollution, deforestation, police brutality, and gentrification all within a fantasy setting. This is an amazing opportunity to engage with the rich history of Oakland as change makers and leaders.
Well known Oakland musical and visual artists will create an immersive game-ified version of beloved locations such as Joaquin Miller, Lake Merritt, Fruitvale, and West Oakland. Musical artists include Jennifer Johns, Teao Sense from Audiopharmacy, Lauren Adams from Sol Development. Visual artists include the talents of Desi Mundo and Leslie “Dime” Lopez. Additional visual artists are still being confirmed.
“I like D&D because it's just like going into your favorite fantasy book or tv show and getting to make the decisions yourself.” - Dulari, D&D player, 11 years old
“I’m excited to work on this project because it gives Black and Brown youth an opportunity to see themselves reflected in and take up space in the D&D world. As an artist, I can create a soundtrack to something that gives youth a chance to feel more connected to their people, their history, and the solutions our communities are creating.” - Lauren Adams, Sol Development
This program is funded by the City of Oakland Cultural Program, and will empower Oakland youth to become changemakers in their communities. Interested media should contact Lil Milagro Henriquez at email@example.com.