SOAR is facilitating local research regarding youth organizing in order to help strengthen youth voices on issues that matter most to them and to build the capacity of youth programs and schools to support youth-led organizing efforts.
Building off SOAR’s previous work in convening youth practitioners, researching community-based solutions, and serving as an information hub, this project will engage SOAR partners in the following:
- Conduct an inventory of existing youth organizing work and youth organizing resources (curriculum, case studies, and training materials);
- Engage youth and staff at youth organizing programs in informing and vetting resources and inventory findings;
- Further develop and populate an online Youth Development Program Database (shared by the Youth Development Network and Puget Sound Off, a youth-centered civic engagement website);
- Make resources accessible to youth, program staff, and school staff on the Youth Development Network
- Convene youth organizing programs and school staff to exchange information, build relationships, and discuss needs, gaps and opportunities.
“Youth organizing supports the development of young people to address root causes of systematic problems in their communities by employing the skills of community organizing and policy advocacy to create healthy environments.” (Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing)
As this project develops, there will be multiple opportunities to engage, including stipends for youth and youth organizing programs. Contact SOAR Staff, Roslyn Kagy at firstname.lastname@example.org.