FCYO Program Update: New Opportunities at FCYO in 2016-2017

Youth organizing is an innovative youth development and social justice strategy that trains young people in community organizing and advocacy

FCYO works to build a more powerful, well-resourced and interconnected youth organizing field.

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We bridge funders and organizers to support youth organizing and its commitment to systemic change and social justice.

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We provide direct support to youth organizing groups across the country through innovative programs.

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News & Updates

Update

New Opportunities at FCYO in 2016-2017

The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is excited to announce a set of new programs and opportunities launching over the next year!

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Job Opening: FCYO Program Officer

FCYO seeks a visionary and knowledgeable candidate with a commitment to supporting youth-led social justice to fill a new Program Officer (PO) position. The PO will co-design and lead a new grantmaking initiative, provide oversight to an annual capacity building program, and lead some of our Youth CORE field infrastructure activities including our webinar series and Learning and Exchange Fund.

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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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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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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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FCYO's New Website

FCYO has updated our website to better communicate our work, and make our valuable resources easier to find and use!

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Youth CORE Webinar - Momentum Based Organizing: Turning Moments into Mass Movements

The sixth webinar as part of our Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE) will focus on Momentum Based Organizing: Turning Moments into Mass Movements, presented by Movement Mastery and the Ayni Institute.

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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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Youth CORE National Convening - Youth POWER

The Youth Organizing Institute and FCYO co-hosted youth organizers from across the country in Durham, NC, November 12 - 15, 2015 for a convening titled: Youth Power: "Who we are, Where we have come from and Where we are going."

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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.