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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Bringing It Together: Uniting Youth Organizing, Development and Services for Long-Term Sustainability

Movement Strategy Center's 2005 report, which includes tools, case studies, and recommendations for organizing groups supporting young people's holistic needs.


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.


Here to Stay: Organizing to Defend Immigrant Youth After the DACA Announcement

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the Trump Administration, announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA protects 800,000 immigrant youth from deportation and gives them the freedom to seek higher education, to work and to live their lives. The decision puts immigrant youth and their families at tremendous risk. Across the country, immigrant young people and their allies have been organizing to demand policies that defend basic human rights, a social movement that has garnered significant political power and that has captured the attention of the American public. This is a critical moment for all communities to demonstrate solidarity and demand justice for immigrant youth and their families. Learn how your organization can be part of the movement to defend immigrant rights.