YouthPower, St. Paul Youth Services' youth-led organizing hub
Kids changing systems
vs. systems changing kids
YOUTH OF COLOR ARE EXPERTS on their lives, needs, and the injustices they face, but too rarely at the table in developing strategies for racial equity. Our YouthPower initiative is built on that premise: an organizing hub where youth of color can gather, reflect, express themselves, build skills, organize, and advocate for serious change on issues that affect their lives. Youth participants are compensated for their efforts and ideas. They also experience an affirming curriculum of Healing & Identity, Exploration & Innovation, and Policy Change.
Nearly 20 BLACK BOYS AND YOUNG MEN ages 13-18 kicked off YouthPower over the summer through a paid leadership institute. They continue having enriching experiences; setting and achieving personal and collective goals; learning more about themselves, their culture, their history, and the world; and advising policymakers on changes needed to achieve racial equity and better respond to their needs.
Why is this so important? Restorative practices, safe spaces, and opportunities to critically and creatively think and drive change are disproportionately withheld from youth of color, especially Black boys and young men.
In the fall, St. Paul Youth Services' YouthPower will open to ALL youth of color. Help us grow this program and donate today!