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Digital Organizing Resources

Aug. 30, 2022

The Colorado Trust partnered with researchers from the Research Hub for Youth Organizing at the University of Colorado Boulder to produce a suite of resources highlighting best practices for digital organizing. These resources, available for download, are intended to be easily accessible and provide guidance for digital organizing efforts.

20 Years of Youth Power: The 2020 National Youth Organizing Field Scan

20 Years of Youth Power: The 2020 National Youth Organizing Field Scan

Aug. 30, 2022

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) has served to connect youth organizing practitioners, funders, and stakeholders to a wide range of resources designed to strengthen the field of youth organizing. This year, the 2020 National Youth Organizing Field Scan comprises a series of four reports that together offer an in-depth look into a field that has grown significantly over the last two decades.

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Youth Activism for Social Justice: Lessons from Virtual Scholar Sessions

May 25, 2022

During spring 2022 youth activists and scholars from around the world convened virtually to explore their shared interests in social justice and political change. Panelists discussed strategies and lessons learned from youth-led social movements for democracy, peace, and human rights…

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Advancing Youth Leadership: An evaluation of Youth First’s Youth Leaders Network

Feb. 9, 2022

The Youth First Youth Leaders Network (YFYL) is a group of youth activists, ages 18 to 29, who are interested in helping to lead campaigns to close youth prisons and invest in community alternatives in their states. The network brings together youth leaders from different states to work together to...

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Student Voice as a Guiding Principle in School District Reform

Jan. 15, 2022

This past summer, Graduate Researcher Kate Baca and Dr. Michelle Renée Valladares of the Research Hub for Youth Organizing at the University of Colorado Boulder co-created a six-week summer institute with Cuba New Mexico Independent School District (Cuba ISD). At the institute, students were asked to engage with different research...

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Research Hub for Youth Organizing Partner Spotlight: The Youth First Initiative for Youth Prison Abolition

Oct. 30, 2021

Youth incarceration is a significant issue in the U.S. Each day, nearly 37,000 youth are held in residential facilities -- a term that includes youth prisons -- and many of these young people are young people of color and LGBTQ young people of color. Launched five years ago, The Youth...

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New issue of The Forge: Organizing Strategy and Practice focused on Youth Organizing

Sept. 30, 2021

A new issue of The Forge: Organizing Strategy and Practice focused on Youth Organizing in the U.S. was just released. Written by and for organizers, this issue brings together community, labor and electoral youth organizers — including Greisa Martinez of United We Dream, Tynetta Hill-Muhammad of BYP100, James Lopez of...

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Research Hub contributes to new Youth Organizing Field Scan

June 21, 2021

Young activists gained media attention in 2020 for their calls for racial reckoning, immigration rights, and new climate policies. But contrary to popular accounts, youth activism was neither a spontaneous response to current events nor due to the heroic work of individual students. For the past twenty years, young people...

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Developing Partnerships for Social Change

March 22, 2021

Although research and inquiry have historically been essential parts of grassroots social movements, the contemporary university is not always compatible with the kinds of research that activists call for. In response, the Research Hub has taken an approach that allows the university to be used in service of those seeking...

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A joint statement condemning white supremacy at the U.S. Capitol

Feb. 2, 2021

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