Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing awards $1.92 million to support young people building power for social justice
Grant making initiative supports communities building power across the nation
NEW YORK - Dec. 12, 2017 - PRLog -- The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) has announced the launched of a new grant making initiative supporting low-income young people and young people of color who are at the forefront of organizing for social, economic, and racial justice. The new initiative, Pipelines to Power, supports youth-led and intergenerational organizations to strengthen community organizing strategies to build the power necessary to win meaningful change for historically disenfranchised communities across the U.S. In addition to providing grant funds, this initiative will create a national learning community of organizers focused on progression in theories of change and political analysis, and will support organizations to experiment with new strategies for building power in the current moment.
"Young organizers from Black, Brown, Asian, Native, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities have been at the forefront of movements to end the school to prison pipeline, protect the human rights of immigrants and LGBTQ people, end police murder and brutality of Black people, and address gender and reproductive justice," said Eric Braxton, Executive Director of FCYO. "While these organizers have had great success, many are articulating limits to current organizing models in achieving their long-term vision of equity and justice for their communities. Achieving just and equitable communities requires the construction of real civic power. Now is a critical moment to support growing youth movements to develop strategies to do just that."
Through a competitive grantmaking process with over 130 applications, FCYO selected a 16- organization grantee cohort. The organizations in the Pipelines to Power cohort reflect the diversity of the youth organizing field, have demonstrated their ability to effectively organize low-income young people and young people of color, and are engaged in critical reflection about how to build the kind of power that can transform communities in this moment.
"Many of the critical questions we are grappling with in youth organizing are not unique to our sector of the social movement," said Hashim Benford, who will be facilitating the learning community. "Our hope is that we can gain valuable insights that will be relevant not only for youth organizers, but also for the hundreds of groups around the country who are seeking change."
The initiative will begin in January 2018 and run for three years.
To learn about the full cohort, visit www.fcyo.org
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Founded in 2000, the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is a dynamic collective of social justice funders and youth organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social change. FCYO's mission is to increase resources to the field of youth organizing and promote the leadership of low-income young people and young people of color in social justice organizing. Our work is focused on the following program areas: