Model Programs in youth-led social change

Posted by on November 7, 2003

[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]

Involving youth in social change requires a shift from unquestioning acceptance of the way things are to developing a strategy that engages communities and institutions to address injustice at a systems level. Recognizing the power and possibilities of working at the intersection of youth development, youth organizing, and programming that recognizes the importance of multiple youth identities, the Collaborative Fund for Youth-Led Social Change (CFYS) was created. CFYS asks: Who sets the social agenda and how is it set? Does youth-led social action have potential for long-term systems change? Can youth action address issues beyond those normally seen as “youth issues?” How do issues of gender, race, class, and age factor into social change work? A new publication outlines model programs and lessons learned from this new approach to youth-led social change. (Click on “Power & Possibilities” link.)

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