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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 fifteen years. We truly believe that the participation and leadership of young people, particularly young people of color, are critical in achieving social justice.
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FCYO and Quadrant Metrics Release Now or Never: The Fight for the Millenial Generation
Report Highlights the Un-Tapped Potential of Youth Organizing for Voter Engagement
The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing is proud to announce the release of a new paper, researched and written in partnership with Quadrant Metrics, LLC, entitled Now or Never: The Fight for the Millennial Generation, a research report on the youth civic engagement ecosystem in the current political landscape. In Now or Never, lead researchers and authors Eli Il Yong Lee and Sandra Wechsler, examine how civic engagement leaders can look to the field of youth organizing for promising new strategies to assist them in increasing voter participation, passing beneficial policies, affecting redistricting in 2021, and changing how the Millennial Generation thinks about values and policies for their lifetimes.
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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Youth for Healthy Schools activates youth of color to ensure every child grows up healthy
Young people are once again on the front lines of progressive change in our country. Across the United States, public school students are raising their voices for healthy and fresh school meals and snacks, safe places to play and exercise, strong school food standards, farm-to-school programs, school wellness centers, and a seat at the table when it comes to food and wellness policy decisions in their schools and communities. Youth in 15 organizations spanning 10 states are engaging their peers and families to stem the tide of childhood obesity at a time when they may have a lower life expectancy than their parents if drastic actions are not taken.
Taking the lead from these amazing youth leaders, the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is excited to announce the launch of the Healthy Communities II initiative, Youth for Healthy Schools. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this initiative supports low-income young people and young people of color organizing to address the root causes of childhood obesity, connecting their local campaigns to statewide and national strategies.
FCYO Launches Youth CORE Project
Field-Wide Webinar Series to Kick Off With Release of ReGenerations: Leadership Pipeline Toolkit (Webinar 2/18)
Today FCYO is proud to announce the launch of a set of projects, collectively named the Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), that will seek to build a more powerful and well-connected youth organizing field over the next three years. We are also announcing that the first in a series field-wide webinars, one component of the Youth CORE projects, will take place on February 18th, and focus on a newly-released Leadership Pipeline Toolkit produced by FCYO and the Movement Strategy Center.
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 the Robert 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.