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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.


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.

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

     Executive Sumary    and       Full Report