Work this summer to stop racism & school re-segregation, challenge the school to prison pipeline, and make schools safe for LBGTQ youth.
Seeking applicants for the Youth Organizing Institute – Ages 14-19
Entering its third year the Youth Organizing Institute is committed to training, supporting, and developing the next generation of activists, organizers, and social change leaders in North Carolina.
Applications are due June 1. The YOI will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 10-26.
WHO WE ARE
We are youth organizers. We are immigrants and we are US born. We are white, black, and brown. We speak many languages. We are gay and we are straight. We believe in solidarity, we support each other, and we affirm the humanity and dignity of every person. We do not believe in “problem kids.” We believe society has problems and we must be the ones to fix them. We believe in hard work and we believe in fun. We are loyal to each other and dedicated to our values. We got your back. We believe that five fingers clutched together are stronger than each finger on its own.
We honor the legacies of the youth organizers and activists who came before us. We walk in the legacy of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). We believe in collective direct action.
We are part of a broad, dynamic, diverse, and international student movement.
COMMITMENTS – YOURS AND OURS
Teens accepted into the program must complete 36 hours of classroom & field work.
YOI sessions will be Tuesdays and Thursdays in Raleigh from 10am-4pm from July 10 – July 26.
Those that successfully complete the program will receive a certificate and a $50 stipend.
WHAT WE WILL DO
Together we will build strong alliances that will defend public schools and organize to make our schools and communities more just for ALL students, parents, and families.
We will learn:
- · Multi-racial, multi-gendered organizing styles and principles
- · Power-mapping and building an organizing campaign
- · Neighborhood canvassing and community outreach
- · Event planning, lobbying, and how to organize rallies and protests that have impact
- · History of the Civil Rights Movement
- · Historical role of young people in all positive social movements for justice
Download the application here: summer 2012 YOI application