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Harnessing the Power of Youth Organizing

March 22, 2017

Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This session will focus on the benefits of youth organizing and how participation in organizing helps young people develop strong social-emotional competencies and tangible skills that promote academic and career success. The session will also explore the important role of youth organizing in today’s political climate and provide resources for funders to learn more about youth organizing.


  • Understand what youth organizing is and how it relates to youth development
  • Learn about the research findings on the benefits of youth organizing
  • Hear directly from young people who have participated in various youth organizing campaigns and how these experiences have helped them build resiliency and gain valuable skills
  • Discuss the value of funding youth organizing and how funders can build the case for this work at their respective foundations


Research on the Benefits of Youth Organizing: 

  • Sara McAlister, Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Panel Presentations from CBO staff and Youth Representatives:

  • DRUM has mobilized thousands of low-income immigrants to lead policy change on a range of immigrant rights issues and will discuss the impact and urgency of this work in the context of our current national immigration crisis
  • The Urban Youth Collaborative brings together NYC students to advocate for student-centered education reform and social, economic, and racial justice in our schools/communities and will discuss the impact and benefits of their work
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project will discuss their work to promote leadership and activism among young women

Funding Youth Organizing:

  • Eric Braxton from the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing will discuss funding trends in the youth organizing space and how funders can build the case for this work at their respective foundations

Q&A and Discussion

Please RSVP to by Friday, March 17, 2017


March 22, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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