Youth Organizing

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For our communities to thrive, our young people must thrive, and for our young people to thrive, our communities must thrive. We believe we must move beyond the conventional societal approaches toward low-income youth and youth of color—that of neglect, criminalization, and imposition of obedience to structures of reward and punishment. And we must move beyond the conventional exhortation for youth to escape marginalization through elusive personal success and instead offer the spaces and support through which young people in our communities directly create the solutions and institutions that guaranteed the well-being of themselves and their entire community. We work with youth through a youth curriculum integrated with our other community institution building work (around housing, work, food and justice), which aims to provide the basic stability necessary to build relationships and collective success.