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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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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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OPS 10 - Building a Pipeline for Justice: Understanding Youth Organizing and the Leadership Pipeline

Published in 2010, OPS 10 aims to capture the challenges and opportunities of building a Leadership Pipeline, with youth organizing as a critical starting point, for a more robust and sustainable social justice movement. Written by Prof. Shawn Ginright, this paper makes the strong case that young people of color are key stakeholders in broader movement-building efforts.

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OPS 9 - Urban Transformations: Youth Organizing in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC

Published in 2007, OPS 9 takes a compelling look at youth organizing in the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast —home to the largest concentration of young organizing groups in the nation. OPS 9 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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OPS 8 - Traditions and Innovations: Youth Organizing in the Southwest

Published in 2005, OPS 8 transports readers to a Southwestern landscape—beautiful and culturally rich on one hand, and historically oppressive and contentious on the other—to reveal youth organizing that draws heavily on tradition, yet is boldly innovative in its approaches. 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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OPS 7 - At a Crossroads: Youth Organizing in the Midwest

Published in September 2005, OPS 7 challenged the notion of a homogenous Midwest to map the contours of a growing and increasingly varied youth organizing field in and beyond Chicago. OPS 7 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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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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OPS 4 - An Annotated Bibliography on Youth Organizing

Published in 2003, this Annotated Bibliography is divided into four sections: 1) Youth Organizing Reports and Evaluations provides an analytical and evaluative account of youth organizing efforts; 2) Reflections From the Field presents a range of commentarty, specific examples, and questions being reised about youth organizing; a 3) Youth Organizing Curricula and Toolkits provides references and tools for practice; and 4) Theoretical Literature on Youth Organizing and Related Fields provides articles that have been published in more academic, peer-reviewed venues.

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OPS 3 - Youth Organizing: Expanding Possibilities for Youth Development

Published in 2003, OPS 3, looks at the nexus of youth development and youth organizing, tracing how youth organizing yields positive youth development and social change. OPS 3 was part of the first three installments of the series, which looked at the fundamentals of youth organizing practice and its theoretical underpinnings.

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OPS 2 - Youth and Community Organizing Today

Published in 2003, OPS 2 traces the historical involvement of youth in social change efforts throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and examines how the current phenomenon of youth organizing shapes community issues and community organizing. OPS 2 was part of the first three installments of the series, which looked at the fundamentals of youth organizing practice and its theoretical underpinnings.