“People told me I couldn’t—so I did.”
Youth Organizing in California
LGBTQ+ youth of color in California are organizing for student rights in state legislation, advocating for the implementation of existing non-discrimination laws, and building their collective power. We work with organizations across the state to achieve these goals. Our current partnerships include:
- Youth Organize California (Yo!Cali): Co-founded with Movement Strategy Center and Californians for Justice, Yo!Cali a coalition of 11 organizations that work collaboratively to carry out a statewide youth organizing strategy with a focus on reforming school discipline policies that push youth of color out of school and into the criminal justice system.
- Dignity in Schools Campaign California (DSC CA): DSC CA is a coalition that currently includes 16 organizations from across the state. Our goal over the next two years is to deepen grassroots community-based understanding of the historical role and future implications of school discipline, the relationship between schools and law enforcement, and the dehumanizing impact of the public education system and expand our movement’s political opportunities to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, repair the intergenerational harm it has caused, and craft systemic alternatives for multiple generations.
- Brothers, Sons Selves Coalition (BSS): Through our partnership with The California Endowment, we work with several organizations to improve health and educational outcomes for young GBT boys and men of color in Los Angeles County. We provide leadership training and development to up to 20 GBT boys and men of color through our Queering Brotherhood Fellowship.
Join a Youth Council
Youth Council positions are year-long leadership programs dedicated to providing you skills to make positive change in your life, school, and community. As a member, you will have opportunities to receive trainings, create lifelong bonds, be supported to meet goals and have fun while making an impact. Middle school and high school students who are passionate about social justice and in California are encouraged to apply!