[photo: a group of young people in the middle of their demonstration. a banner in the back reads, “stop criminalizing lgbtq youth and youth of color. NC heat.” other signs read, “nc heat push back against push out.” and “change my life don’t chain it.”]
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What is YOI?
Short answer: YOI is a popular education leadership development program for high school age students. We provide trainings on the policies that impact young people and how to organize to create change. In the past 3 years, over 100 Triangle teens have participated in our trainings and we have helped to mobilize hundreds of young people to speak-out in support of equity in public schools.
Youth of color, LGBTQ youth, and poor and working class youth are under attack in public schools. Wake County has one of the highest suspension rates in the country. In Orange County students of color are 17x more likely to get suspended than white students for non violent crimes, such as cell phone use. What’s the solution? Student Power! When young people identify and name their problems, and are offered the tools, resources, and space to create solutions - the result is transformative. In the legacy of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and following Ella Baker’s leadership development models, the Youth Organizing Institute believes in elevating the collective voices and power of young people.
We will train 15 Triangle-based youth, ages 13-18 in a popular education-style curriculum that focuses on political education & leadership development.
We will establish a year long inter-generational mentorship program for graduates.
We will strategize and plan to launch a campaign for a MORATORIUM on Out of School Suspensions
We will Put the Brakes on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
To meet our goals we need your help!
- Funds donated will help us:
- Increase the number of students we can accept into the summer program
- Enhance our summer program by taking a trip to the International Civil Rights Museum and Beloved Community Center in Greensboro
- Develop peer education around the school-to-prison pipeline and school push-out,
- Sustain our campaign for a Moratorium on out of-school suspensions by providing stipends to youth organizers.
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