Youth Organizing

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Our youth organizing program supports the development of strategies and infrastructure that center the voices of youth of color and opens spaces that prioritize their growth, leadership and organizing.

The Youth Cultural Organizing Institute (YCOI)

The Youth Cultural Organizing Institute (YCOI) centers cultural strategy in an organizing training for youth of color ages 14-18. We prioritize cultural strategy with the understanding that arts and culture must be at the center of organizing and movement building with our communities of color. The training team is made up of organizers, artists and culture makers from our larger network, some of which serve as summer mentors for youth participants.

YCOI will be held July 11th- August 3rd, meeting Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-3:30 over 4 weeks. The four weeks of sessions build an organizing toolkit connected to arts and culture.  We  incorporated hip hop, spoken word, and visual art sessions in correlation to topics of identity, systems change, education, and racial justice. Applications are due by April 30th.

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Keep a look out for Youth Organizer Spotlights.

Alumni Group

Creates spaces for continuous engagement, networking, support and community building with YCOI alumni. Organizes quarterly meetings, youth-led panels, and dialogue-based open mics.

Are you interested in future trainings and/or looking to get connected to Youth Organizing?  Email Gabriella Anais, Director of Youth Organizing at marquez@voicesforracialjustice.org