research

OPS 1 - An Emerging Model for Working with Youth

Published in 2000, OPS 1 was developed by LISTEN, Inc., then a training and support organization, and tackles the basics of youth organizing—origins, concepts, models, principles, and practices. OPS 1 was part of the first three installments of the series, which looked at the fundamentals of youth organizing practice and its theoretical underpinnings.

research

2010 National Youth Organizing Field Scan

FCYO's 2010 Youth Organizing Field Scan is a result of in-depth regional conversations, on-line surveys and one-on-one discussions with over 100 organizations. The field scan used a combination of quantitative and qualitative research to document trends, challenges and opportunities present in the youth organizing field at the time.

research

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.

research

Looking Forward: Youth Leading the Way Toward a Sustainable Planet

"Looking Forward: Youth Leading the Way Toward a Sustainable Planet”captures lessons learned from our grantmaking initiative, Regenerations: Youth Leadership Expansion for Environmental Justice (ReGen/EJ). This report provides case studies in two key areas – climate justice and clean water – and highlights the multiple impacts ReGen/EJ made on individual young people, organizations, the environmental justice community, and mainstream environmentalism.

research

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.

research

Strategies for Building Power and Youth Leadership (FCYO Origins Part 1)

This report was compiled from notes on a seminal 1997 funder briefing on youth organizing that brought together 75 funders to introduce youth organizing to the foundation community; to explore the challenges and the benefits of this work; and to broaden funders’ understanding of the powerful role youth organizing can play in community organizing and in youth and community development.

research

1998 Funder Retreat (FCYO Origins Part 2)

This report, released in 1998, documents notes from a seminal two-day summit with youth organizing leaders and funders, discussing key needs in the field at that time, and outlining plans for what eventually became the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing.

research

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.

research

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.