Second Summer Organizing Program a Big Success!
The Wake Youth Organizing Institute just completed its second successful summer training program for youth organizers who want to create more just and equitable schools in Wake County. This newsletter gives a glimpse into what we did this summer, and peak at what lies ahead for the 2011-2012 school year.
YOI 2011: Finding our voice and using it!
Spotlight on the Students
“This summer I learned about human rights and how to advocate for ourselves and others. I especially liked going to Durham, meeting with SpiritHouse, and talking about the School to Prison Pipeline.” — J’Mario Carter (pictured left)
“I enjoyed my experience at the organizing institute. I learned so much about the history of organizing and the civil rights movement. I had the opportunity to travel to Greensboro and Durham and learn about the movements there. It’s amazing to see people in different parts of the state working towards the same goal. I hope to apply some of the strategies that I learned in several workshops in other endeavors, such as working with NC HEAT.” — Lexi Antoncich (pictured right)
Program Highlight: Advancement Project Meeting
On July 28, 2011, the YOI Summer Youth Participants gathered with young people from Durham-based SpiritHouse’s Choosing Sides program to discuss the impacts of high stakes testing with Caitlin Swain and Jasmine Harris from the DC-based Advancement Project.
What’s up next and ways to support
The new school year is beginning and the students from the YOI 2011 are busy making plans to put all the lessons of this summer into practice.
Last summer, Wake County high school students that participated in the YOI formed their own organization, NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens), which has become a prominent force in the struggle for more just and equitable schools. They have held community meetings, organized their peers, spoken out at school board meetings, participated in rallies and demonstrations, and initiated a broad boycott campaign targetting the funding and ideological motor behind the Resegregationist 5–Art Pope. We’ll continue to send out announcements about upcoming events through this newsletter.
Another important way you can support youth-organizing in the Triangle is to make a tax-deductible donation that goes directly to organizing costs. You can click here to make a donation online or mail a check to our office, located at 331 West Main St, Suite 408, Durham, NC 27701.
We’d like to thank all of the different community organizations and individuals who have supported us in a variety of different ways during this summer and throughout the past year. We look forward to this upcoming year of struggle and seeing all of you in action!
There are so many people and organizations without whom the YOI 2011would not have been possible. We’d like to take a moment to thank some of the different folks whose skills, expertise, resources, and guidance helped make it all happen.
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
The Southern Partners Fund
YWCA of the Greater Triangle
The Beloved Community Center
Advocates for Children’s Services
The Advancement Project
Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
S.W.A.R.M. (Goldsboro, NC)
NC DREAM Team
Faith Holsaert, co-author of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
Rebecca Fontaine, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Peter Gilbert, UNC Center for Civil Rights