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New Research on the Impacts of Youth Organizing

This webinar highlighted emerging research across various studies on how involvement in youth organizing contributes to the social-emotional and academic development of young people in powerful ways, while also promoting their civic and community engagement, particularly for young people living in low-income communities and communities of color. This new research is beginning to indicate the engaging young people in organizing to address issues in their communities is in fact one of the most effective ways to support their holistic development.

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A Call to Funders: Support a Youth Movement for Safety and Justice for All

FCYO is creating a new fund to support young people organizing for safety and justice. This fund will focus on efforts that employ a racial justice lens and connect gun violence to other forms of systemic violence. It will look to connect young people across race and class to build unity and broader political power.

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Youth for Safety and Justice Fund RFP

The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing has launched The Youth for Safety and Justice Fund, a rapid response fund that will provide $1000-$10,000-dollar mini grants to youth led organizations to support young people organizing for safety and justice. The Fund will focus on efforts that employ a racial justice lens and connect gun violence to other forms of systemic violence. We hope to support the connection of young people across race and class to build unity and broader political power.

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Transforming Young People and Communities: New Findings on the Impacts of Youth Organizing

Across the country, youth organizers have scored important policy victories, such as advocating for greater access to college prep curricula and introducing restorative justice models to replace punitive school discipline policies. As the field of youth organizing expands, a growing body of research is illuminating our understanding of youth organizing and the myriad ways in which participation in organizing shapes the lives of young people. Emerging research shows that involvement in youth organizing contributes to the social-emotional and academic development of young people in powerful ways, while also promoting their civic and community engagement.

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Organizing for Marijuana Policy: Opportunities for Justice Reinvestment and Racial Equity

Across the country, a growing number of states are legalizing marijuana and are collecting significant new tax revenues from the quickly growing and highly profitable marijuana industry. This webinar will explore how youth organizing groups can organize to influence marijuana policy and win new resources for justice reinvestment and for health and education supports for youth and young adults of color. The webinar will share examples from California of how organizing efforts are laying the groundwork for racial justice wins.

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The Solution to Violence is Social Justice and Human Connection: A National Call to Action from Youth Organizers

We unite with the Parkland youth who have called on the entire country to move beyond thoughts and prayers and move into meaningful action. And we urge those concerned with making progress to think beyond the narrow debate of gun control vs. gun rights. Yes, we do have a gun problem in this country. There are too many of them and they are way too easy to access. We also have a systemic racism problem in this country. Historically, in the aftermath of tragic shootings such as the one in Parkland, the result has been laws that subject us - youth of color- to even more violence. Bringing more police into our schools, putting guns into the hands of our teachers, creating more reasons to lock up black and brown people, these are false solutions that increase the level of harm experienced in our day to day lives. If we truly want to make our society safe for everyone, we need solutions that address systemic injustice, invest in our communities, and rebuild social institutions that center human connection and supportive relationships.

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Funder Briefing: Youth Transforming School and Community Safety

The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing, in collaboration with Communities for Just Schools Fund, invites you to a Virtual Funder Brief: Youth Transforming School and Community Safety. This Virtual Funder Brief will create the opportunity for Funders and Donors interested in the current conversations and actions regarding school community safety to learn more about youth-led grassroots efforts.

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Youth CORE 2017 National Convening

FCYO's second National Youth CORE Convening\ took place November 16-19, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM!

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Youth POWER 2017 Agenda

The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO), our Host Committee (Generation Justice, La Plazita Institute, NM Dream Team, SouthWest Organizing Project, Tewa Women United, Young Women United), and our Convening Agenda Team - CAT (Gamechanger Networks, Mijente, Nollie Jenkins Family Center) are proud to announce that our second national Youth POWER convening, a program of FCYO's Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), will take place November 16-19, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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From Walkouts to Power: Youth of Color as a Moving Force for Change

Join the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing on July 9th for a special funder strategy session focused on young people of color in moment of powerful opportunity. Funders have an opportunity to support this work at a tipping point - FCYO invites interested youth-focused funders and donors to a special peer learning and strategy space to develop a shared response.

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Over 50 Youth of Color-Led Organizing Groups to Hold Nationwide Actions Coinciding with National Walkout Day

NEW YORK – On the heels of the national school walkout day on April 20, more than 50 youth organizing groups today announced a series of actions to end gun violence, reduce police presence in schools and invest in school counselors, restorative justice and other solutions that improve school climate. The youth of color-led groups include Alliance for Educational Justice, GoodKids MadCity, Los Angeles Student Activist Coalition, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Philadelphia Student Union, Urban Youth Collaborative, VOYCE Project and YVOTE. For these groups, and a host of national partners such as Advancement Project, the Center for Popular Democracy and the Schott Foundation, the school walkout is a continuation of the deep organizing work happening in local communities to push back on proposals that further criminalize Black and Brown students, including undocumented immigrants.

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Youth CORE Webinar: Youth of Color Take Lead on Safety

FCYO is teaming up with The Alliance for Educational Justice, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote/YVote, Advancement Project National Office and Philadelphia Student Union to host Youth of Color Take Lead on Safety. We invite youth organizers and their partners to this virtual forum on April 12th from 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST to discuss strategies for advancing the leadership of youth of color within the current debate on gun violence and safety.

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Breaking Borders, Redefining Sanctuary Webinar

In this second webinar, FCYO and Global Action Project, a social justice youth media organization, lifted up impactful community-based transformative media organizing, in relation to campaigns that seek to expand the narrative framework around "sanctuary" and build local community defense infrastructure.

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Sanctuary & Transformative Media Organizing Part 1: Sanctuary for All

On May 9th, 2017 FCYO held the first of a two-part webinar series on Sanctuary and Transformative Media Organizing. The first webinar focuses on how youth organizers are defining sanctuary and organizing around it in cities, neighborhoods, and schools.

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Funder Briefing - Youth in Action: Growing Youth-Led Social Change in California

August 1 & 2 of 2017, FCYO and the California Endowment will host funders in Los Angeles to learn about how, youth leaders and communities across California are working together to advance young people as drivers of change. This event is the first in a series of briefings and learning sessions for regional and national youth funders as we develop new philanthropic strategies to support young people working together to improve their communities.

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OPS 5 - The West Coast Story: The Emergence of Youth Organizing in California

Published in 2004, OPS 5 analyzes the emergence and practice of youth organizing amidst California's bellwether politics and culture, and the immense geopolitical and cultural diversity of its subregions - Los Angeles, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Central Valley. OPS 5 was one of five installments that detailed the development of youth organizing in specific regions across the United States. Whether a “region” has a coherent identity is debatable. Still, this place-based dissection brings us closer to work that by definition is grounded in and led by communities.

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Roots Initiative Toolkit

From 2003-2006, the FCYO implemented and coordinated the Roots Initiative, a grantmaking and capacity-building project involving ten dynamic Youth Organizing groups from around the country. Overall, we hoped to develop, analyze and take action on information both macro and micro: macro considerations of the state of youth organizing practice, generally, as illustrated by the ten groups; and micro, focusing on ways to address specific capacity-building challenges faced by individual groups. This Toolkit provides, additionally, various suites of tools (in the form of templates, worksheets and exercises) that we hope are useful to organizations undertaking a broad range of organizational development efforts.

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Invest/Divest: A Post Election Strategy to End Mass Incarceration and Fund Our Vision

On November 15, 2016, the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) held the tenth webinar as part of our Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), a set of projects that seeks to build a more powerful and well-connected youth organizing field. This webinar is titled Invest/Divest:A Post Election Strategy to End Mass Incarceration and Fund Our Vision.

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Grassroots Fundraising as Movement Building: Build Your Base to Fund Your Budget

On September 29th, 2016 FCYO held the ninth Youth CORE webinar in partnership with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). This webinar featured panelists from the Philadelphia Student Union, Survivors Organizing for Liberation and Casa de Paz & Volleyball Internacional discussing reducing reliance on foundation funding and building independent financial power.

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FCYO 2016-2017 Program Info and Q&A Webinar

On August 30, 2016 FCYO held an information webinar on our programs launching in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, including our Moment to Movement Fund application process, Learning & Exchange Fund, Healthy Communities III, Capacity Building, Youth Organizing Landscape Map and more. View the recording here!

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#BLM Commitments & Call To Action July 2016

The National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color has released a statement in the wake of recent murders of people of color across the country.

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Digital for Youth Power: How to use digital to recruit and move people to action

On June 23, 2016 FCYO held its 8th Youth CORE webinar as part of our Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), a set of projects that seeks to build a more powerful and well-connected youth organizing field. This webinar examined how organizers are using digital tools - text messaging, social media, email and the web - to reach young people and their adult allies, bring them into a campaign and move them to action.

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Campaign Strategies to Unlock Foundation Funding for Youth Organizing

In March of 2016, FCYO held the seventh webinar as part of our Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), a set of projects that seeks to build a more powerful and well-connected youth organizing field. This webinar focused on Strategies to Unlock Foundation Funding for Youth Organizing

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OPS 11 - Building Transformative Leadership: Data on the Impacts of Youth Organizing

Published in May, 2011, OPS 11 illustrates the power that youth organizing, specifically organizing for education reform, has on young people – from increasing self-efficacy and strengthening leadership capacity, to building collective power, academic motivation, and future commitment to civic engagement. Drawing on six years of data, OPS 11 expanded on OPS 10, “Building a Pipeline for Justice”, which underscored the importance of developing a pathway for young people to sustain the social justice movement.

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Momentum Based Organizing: Turning Moments into Mass Movements

In February of 2016, FCYO held the sixth webinar as part of our Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), a set of projects that seeks to build a more powerful and well-connected youth organizing field. This webinar focused on Momentum Based Organizing: Turning Moments into Mass Movements.

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Healing, Support, and Transformation: Supporting Young People's Needs While Organizing

In January of 2016, FCYO held the fifth webinar as part of our Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), a set of projects that seeks to build a more powerful and well-connected youth organizing field. This webinar focused on Healing, Support, and Transformation: Supporting Young People's Needs While Organizing.

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ReGenerations: Leadership Pipeline Toolkit

Released in 2015, the ReGenerations: Leadership Pipeline Toolkit provides curriculum and tools for groups interested in improving their work building the holistic development of young leaders at each stage of a social justice leadership pipeline. This toolkit has with a specific emphasis on supporting staff in facilitating young people’s transition in the final stage. We hope these tools will be an important resource in supporting the next generational of social justice leaders.

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Financial Management Resource Toolkit

This toolkit, developed in partnership with the Community Resource Exchange (CRE) as part of our 2015 Financial Management Technical Assistance Project, provides a list of vetted websites with financial management resources that are easy to use and free trainings that can help staff build their skills at no cost. 

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OPS 6 - A New Generation of Southerners: Youth Organizing in the South

Published in September 2004, OPS 6 describes the sociopolitical and historical backdrop of efforts by youth and their communities to build hope and local power for social change and justice in the South, and how local and regional dynamics shaped those organizing efforts. OPS 6 was one of five installments that detailed the development of youth organizing in specific regions across the United States. Whether a “region”has a coherent identity is debatable. Still, this place-based dissection brings us closer to work that by definition is grounded in and led by communities.

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Ten Amazing Things Young People Did Together At The #YouthPower2015 FCYO National Convening

Check out this amazing highlight list from FCYO's 2015 National Youth CORE convening in Durham, NC, put together by our ally the Perrin Family Foundation.

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Using the ReGenerations: Leadership Pipeline Tooklit for Transitions

February 18th at 1pm ET, the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) will hold the first webinar as part of our new Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), a set of projects that will seek to build a more powerful and well-connected youth organizing field over the next three years. This first in a series of field-wide webinars, one component of the Youth CORE projects, focuses on the ReGenerations: Leadership Pipeline Toolkit produced by FCYO and the Movement Strategy Center.

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Building Power Through Voter Engagement: Opportunities and Challenges

In December of 2015, FCYO held the fourth webinar as part of our Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), a set of projects that seeks to build a more powerful and well-connected youth organizing field.On this webinar, FCYO shared some of our lessons learned about youth organizing and voter engagement and attendees heard from two organizations that have successfully integrated voter engagement into their work.

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Media in Action: A Field Scan of Media & Youth Organizing in the U.S.

From 2012-2015, Global Action Project, Data Center and Research Action Design conducted a national research project—Media in Action: A Field Scan of Media & Youth Organizing in the U.S. The project sought to understand how youth organizers are using media to advance social justice and movement-building work throughout the United States.

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Now or Never: The Fight for the Millennial Generation

Released in 2015 in partnership with Quadrant Metrics, LLC, Now or Never is a research report on the youth civic engagement ecosystem in the current political landscape. The report examines how civic engagement leaders can look to the field of youth organizing for promising new strategies to assist them in increasing voter participation, passing beneficial policies, affecting redistricting in 2021, and changing how the Millennial Generation thinks about values and policies for their lifetimes.

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2013 National Youth Organizing Field Scan & the Role of FCYO

This webinar, held in December 2013, focused on our 2013 National Youth Organizing Field Scan report, the most comprehensive report on the state of the field of youth organizing since our last scan in 2010. FCYO and respondents from the youth organizing field and philanthropy discussed how the field has grown in maturity and power, but faces important challenges in continuing to push for social change and building the leadership of young people. Attendees discussed how funders committed to supporting this work can work together to address the financial challenges facing the field.

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2013 National Youth Organizing Field Scan: The State of the Field of Youth Organizing

In 2013, FCYO released its last National Field Scan, the most comprehensive report on the field of youth organizing since its previous scan in 2010. The report documents important advances made by the field, identifies significant challenges facing youth organizers, offers detailed analysis of the trends, opportunities and challenges facing the field, and offers recommendations for funders.

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NYABMOC Launches First Annual Community Justice Reinvestment Award

The National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color, in partnership with the Executive’s Alliance on Boys and Men of Color, launched the first annual Justice Reinvestment Community Award Fund to provide $500,000 in support for youth-led campaigns and rapid response on urgent issues impacting local communities across the country.