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The mission of the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is to substantially increase the philanthropic investment in and strengthen the organizational capacities of youth organizing groups across the country.


FCYO has supported the field of youth organizing for over ten years.  We truly believe that the participation and leadership of young people, particularly young people of color, are critical in achieving social justice.


Please explore this site to find out more about our grantmaking initiatives, programs and strategies.


FCYO's Occasional Paper Series: History & Fundamentals of Youth Organizing 

FCYO's Occasional Paper Series (OPS) have been published periodically since the year 2000.  These papers, authored by key leaders and researchers in the field, have aimed to capture and document growing knowledge around youth organizing, and address key issues and questions commonly posed by funders and practitioners about the work and field overall.

Learn more about youth organizing or brush up on your history by clicking one of the titles below, or click here for more information about the series.


FCYO Releases 2013 National Youth Organizing Field Scan

FCYO is proud to announce the release of its latest publication, our 2013 Field Scan: The State of the Field of Youth Organizing. This scan surveyed 111 youth organizing groups from across the country, and held focus groups to further engage 50 representatives from more than 40 youth organizing practitioner groups.  The resulting report is an important assessment of challenges and opportunities facing the field today, and offers recommendations for how to support this powerful and transformative work.

Click here for more info, or click below to view the 

     Executive Sumary    and       Full Report




Evaluation of FCYO's ReGenerations Healthy Communities Initiative Shows Strong Results from Phase One

 Imoyase Community Support Services has released the results of their comprehensive evaluation of the first phase of FCYO's ReGenerations: Healthy Communities Initiative.  Launched in 2011, the initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, supported 12 organizations’ youth-led campaigns focused on improving access to healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant food in schools and communities, while providing an opportunity to build the relationships and capacity needed to help create a movement for a just and sustainable food system.

 To read more about the victories and outcomes coming out of phase one, click here for the full report.