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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.

 


A Statement from the Youth Table on Boys and Men of Color 


Over the last three months, the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) and the Movement Strategy Center (MSC) have helped to facilitate a Youth Table as part of the private sector initiative for boys and young men of color, which is working in conjunction with My Brother’s Keeper.  The Youth Table’s primary purpose is to ensure the voices of boys and young men of color are included in efforts to improve their lives, and as such they have released a statement and recommendations.  FCYO and MSC have also published a post written by a Youth Table Leader, Victor Carter of Kids ReThink New Orleans Schools, on his experiences and perspective on this work.  For more information on the Youth Table, please contact Eric Braxton (eric at fcyo dot org) or Carmen Iñiguez (carmen at movementstrategy dot org).




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.


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     Executive Sumary    and   Full Report




 


 


 




 

 


Youth on the Move: How Funders Can Support the Growing Movement of Young People of Color in 2015


January 9, 2015: As we begin 2015, we at the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing have been re-inspired by the undeniable potential for young people of color to play a transformative role in advancing social justice.  Young people of color are demonstrating a readiness to organize that has not been seen in many years.  For funders and others who care about youth leadership and social and racial justice, it is an important time to support the actions taking place across the country to help them coalesce into a sustained movement.  For funders who care about young people, education, health and host of other issues, now is the time to invest not just in direct youth services, but also in the leadership of young people to address the roots of inequality.  Doing this will require an understanding of current youth organizing forms, strategic use of existing resources, and the identification of new resources and strategies to support the youth organizing field.


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FCYO Launches Healthy Communities Phase II: Young People of Color To Organize to Address Root Causes of Childhood Obesity


For Immediate Release:


November 11, 2014


For Further Information:


Monica Cordova, FCYO Healthy Communities Program Director, 505-385-6590


Eric Braxton, FCYO Executive Director, 215-703-7420


 


The Launch of Healthy Communities Phase II


Young People of Color to Organize to Address the Root Causes of Childhood Obesity


This week the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing is excited to announce the launch of Healthy Communities Phase II at our National Convening in Denver, CO. With support from theRobert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Healthy Communities II (HC II) initiative seeks to support young people from low-income families and young people of color organizing to address the root causes of childhood obesity. Building on the success of Phase I young people from across the country are organizing to help promote healthier meals and snacks in schools, safe places to play and exercise, wellness centers in schools, and more.  Through the summer of 2016 Phase II will support their efforts, connect them to each other, and help build a national youth movement for healthy schools and communities. 


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