NC HEAT Plans Second Annual March

flier smaller fileAs part of Dignity in School’s National Week of Action Against School Pushout, NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens) and the Youth Organizing Institute are calling for a MARCH & SPEAK-OUT against the School-to-Prison pipeline.

This is the Second Annual march, led by NC HEAT members.

The march will start with a speak out at Washington Elementary in Raleigh (1000 Fayetteville St.) and proceed to Central Prison for a demonstration with music, drums and raised voices!

Bring friends, signs and noisemakers, and WEAR YOUR BACKPACKS! Show up to push back against school pushouts!

 

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Big Plans for the National Week of Action!

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On September 21, members of YOI, NCHEAT and the Education Justice Alliance met to discuss our plans for the upcoming year.  In particular, we planned out the upcoming Week of Action, part of Dignity in School’s National Week of Action Against School Pushout. The Week of Action will take place from September 28 through October 5.  NCHEAT will start out the week by marching at NC Pride in Durham on September 28.  On October 1, there will be a press conference to announce YOI, NCHEAT and EJA’s campaign for a moratorium on out-of-state suspensions, taking place  immediately before a Wake County School Board meeting at which students and parents will speak out against the crisis of suspensions in Wake County.  On October 4, NCHEAT will lead Push Back Against Push Out, a youth-led march against school pushout and the prison-industrial-complex. YOI and NCHEAT members planned out costumes, speeches and chants in preparation.

Get excited!  More info on the Week of Action will be announced soon.

Youth Grill Wake School Board Candidates on Discipline Issues

Sept 10, 2013: Wake School Board Candidate Forum in Cary, NC

Sept 10, 2013: NC HEAT members line up to ask questions at Wake School Board Candidate Forum in Cary, NC

On Monday, September 9, seven NC HEAT members attended the Cary Candidate forum located at Covenant Christian church, to ask perspective school board members the questions about the epidemic of suspensions and racial disparities in school discipline practices.   NC HEAT members used data-driven research to generate thought-provoking questions to encourage candidates to discuss their vision for how to address the school-to-prison pipeline in Wake County.

NC HEAT members highlighted that data shows that youth of color and disabled youth are suspended and pushed out of public schools at a rates alarmingly higher than their white, non-special needs counterparts.  Perspective candidates Nancy Caggia and Bill Fetcher seemed unable or unprepared to adequately address these policies issues.  Both candidates stated that they would not support a Moratorium on Out-of-School Suspensions.  After hearing the research and questions presented by NC HEAT members, NC HEAT hopes that the candidates will consider working more closely with students and communities to solve our school discipline crisis and create policies that treat every student, regardless of race, gender, gender presentation, ability, or sexual orientation with dignity.

School Board Candidate Forums

UPCOMING WAKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD FORUMS:
School is back in session that means the work of the Youth Organizing Institute and NC HEAT ramping up! The Wake County School Board elections are right around the corner and we are co-sponsoring a series of candidate forums with WakeUp Wake County, the League of Women Voters, and El Pueblo. It is critical that candidates respond to the needs of the youth and community they seek to serve. Please locate the candidate forum in your district and come ready to ask a question!

District 9 (Cary NC) 7:00PM-9:00PM — September 9th Covenant Christian Church
District 2 (Garner NC) 6:30PM-8:30PM  — September 12 Garner Performing Arts Center
D
istrict 7 (Raleigh NC) 6:30PM-8:30PM — September 19 St Francis of Assisi
D
istrict 1 (Raleigh NC) 6:30PM-8:30PM — September 26 Wake Chapel Church

YOI Hiring Three Student Interns

Youth Organizing Institute seeking 3 student interns for Fall 2013 to work on social media, marketing, organizing, and grassroots fundraising.

The Youth Organizing Institute is a popular education leadership development program for high school age LGBTQ youth, low-income youth, and youth of color in Wake, Durham and Orange counties. We believe in grassroots organizing and elevating the voices of young people to organize in their own name for meaningful change.

Positions are based in Triangle area. Our office is located in Durham and interns will be required to work in the office one day/week.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 6PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th.

We are seeking candidates who can make a three month commitment: September 16 – December 18.

INTERNS MUST HAVE:

  •     A strong and proven commitment to progressive values and building the power of youth and students, especially LGBTQ youth, women, low-income youth, and youth of color,
  •     Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  •     Excellent writing skills
  •     Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  •     A means of transportation to get to Durham once/week.

TO APPLY

Submit resume, cover letter (NO LONGER THAN TWO PAGES), and three references to actionforcommunity@gmail.com. Use the subject line “YOI Intern” and which internship(s) you are applying for (communication, grassroots fundraising, event planning).  In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  •     Why are you applying and what skills and experiences?
  •     Why do you think youth organizing is important?
  •     Tell us about someone you consider a role model and why.
  •     Tell us about one issue you feel passionate about.

Communication Intern

Position: Intern (Paid)  A $500 stipend is offered with this Internship.
Dates: September 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Responsibilities:

  •     Help Brand the Youth Organizing Institute including T-shirts, website, social media, and other materials
  •     Create community awareness by coordinating a grassroots fundraising event
  •     Help with social media and traditional media outreach,
  •     Updating and revamping the website
  •     Donor management and engagement including, helping with donor management software implementation, sending newsletters, sending a mailing.

Event Planning Intern

Position: Intern (Paid)
Dates: September 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Responsibilities

  •     Help plan the first annual winter Ella Baker Gala to Honor Youth Allies
  •     Help to develop program, location, invitations, and logistics
  •     Develop promotional materials for Gala
  •     Help find sponsors for the Gala

Grassroots Fundraising Intern

Position: Intern (Paid)
Dates: September 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Responsibilities:

  •     Work with community establishments, including local businesses to identify opportunities and solicit support
  •     Organize a grassroots fundraising event (could be a house party, drag show, triva night….) in Chapel Hill.
  •     Support Winter Ella Baker Gala to Honor Youth Allies, including soliciting and identify sponsors, auction items, outreach and logistics.

 

NC HEAT wants YOU to emerge as a HERO!

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On Tuesday, September 2, NC HEAT (North Carolina Heroes Emerging Among Teens) invites passionate, powerful high school youth in the Triangle Area to attend their back-to-school orientation meeting. NC HEAT is a united multicultural group of youth from different aspects of life seeking a common purpose. We organize and advocate for civil rights and justice in our community for ourselves and for future generations. On Tuesday, we will discuss the history and legacy of NC HEAT, the work we have done in the past to improve our schools and communities, the work that we can do together in the future, and the current political landscape in the area as it pertains to education and the lives of youth. 
 
The meeting will be held at DH Hill Library on NC State University’s campus fro 5pm to 6:30pm, we’ll have snacks and transportation can be provided if needed.  Contact ladylettuce95[at]gmail[dot]com if you need a ride.
 
Come out and join a community of passionate and engaged students! We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

YOI Students Graduate

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On August 16, the Youth Organizing Institute gathered to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of this year’s participants.  Graduates chatted and shared delicious food provided by community caterer, Eva Panjwani.  We shared stories with movement elders and family members in the historic WW Finlator Hall at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

After a report-back from our NC to FL Youth Solidarity delegation to support the Dream Defenders, youth shared projects and performances they had worked on independently in small groups. Family and community members offered snaps and applause as youth performed poems, presentations, and art pieces on issues in the school system, intersections of oppression, the evolution of sexism and feminism, and how they can solve issues in their own communities. As this year’s YOI graduates transition into the school year, we are excited to support them in the amazing work they’ll embark on in their own schools and communities!