YOUTH TOGETHER INC

aka YT   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.youthtogether.net

Mission

Grounded in our commitment to peace, unity and justice, Youth Together addresses the root causes of educational inequities by developing multiracial youth organizers and engaging school community allies to promote positive school change.

Ruling year info

2003

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Sheilagh"Cat" Polk

Main address

1714 Franklin Street #100-153

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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EIN

35-2201239

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

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Our programs

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Youth Together

Currently, YT works in six high schools in the Bay Area that are situated in three school districts and two counties: Berkeley Technology Academy, Richmond High School, Youth Empowerment School, Skyline High School, Fremont Federation of High Schools and Castlemont Community of Small Schools. The YT program model combines multiracial youth development with community organizing and community building strategies in order to ensure that our constituent youth can effectively lead and organize school and community change initiatives that lead to long-term solutions which help create safe, respectful, equitable, and empowered communities.

Our proposed efforts provide a system to more effectively monitor and meet the direct needs of a) 320 YT core youth organizers; b) 2,000 youth accessing the YT-led youth Centers; and, c) Over 10,000 youth, parents, teachers, administrators and community members through our advocacy and community education.

Youth Together employs a three-tiered strategy in our program delivery and development of students both directly and indirectly.

(1)Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development:
Through Youth Together?s overall program strategies young people make the connection between their personal growth, awareness, and education with conditions at their school, in their community, and in society. YT youth learn the responsibility they bear to change the cycle of violence and to make a better life for themselves and future generations. Through the process of serving as change agents, as demonstrated in our evaluation findings, the youth become more involved and engaged in their schools and broader communities. The youth are also provided with many opportunities to be heard, respected, and valued by parents, policy makers, school staff, and community leaders.

(2)One Land One People Collaborative and Student Centers
Youth Together believes that youth violence results when students do not receive the resources and services that they need to express themselves in productive ways. Conditions that lead to youth violence range from a lack of institutional (school and community) recognition of their opinions to lack of anger management skills, academic preparation and support. In response to these root causes of youth violence, Youth Together students and adult allies systematically developed community collaboratives and Student Centers. Each collaborative, entitled the One Land, One People Collaborative (OLOP), is school based and brings together on-campus service providers with parents, students, and school faculty to (1) establish a system of support services for students, (2) advocate for policy changes that address root causes of student needs, and (3) support student voice in school decision making. The OLOP Collaboratives, while responsive to the particular needs and issues of each school site, share a common approach as well as core strategies to increase students? investment in themselves and their school community. Currently there are OLOP Collaboratives and Youth Centers at Skyline High School, Richmond High School, Fremont High School, and Castlemont High School.

(3)Outreach, Recruitment and Replication
As part of our continued effort to make sustainable institutional change, Youth Together has partnered with UC Berkeley as a way to engage young aspiring educators and activists in educational approaches that transform school communities. Youth Together adult staff and student alumni lead and teach the Fall and Spring UC Berkeley class entitled, Education for School and Community Change. As a requirement, each of the UC Berkeley students engage in a direct fieldwork placement in each of our Oakland school sites. Our larger vision is that the UC Berkeley students come back to the schools in which we work to become teacher activists and adult allies for social change.

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Awards

Martin Luther King Award 2010

City of Richmond

Peace Prize Champions of Change Award 2009

Agape Foundation Peace Prize Champions of Change Award

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Education is a basic human right, not a privilege.

The vision of YT is to reclaim public education. We seek to create public educational systems that are just, community based, supportive and people centric. We aim to empower, mobilize, and build self-determination among students and their communities.

YT envisions students who think critically, are social change agents, and who challenge internalized, interpersonal, and institutional oppression in their schools and communities. Specifically, we envision public schools as spaces where youth, their families, and community members are key decision makers in their educational experience.

We envision an educational system that is both the center of the community and a tool for creating community. When local educational institutions are designed to meet the needs of students, a strong community is created.

Individual Transformation – Critical Thinking and Student Leadership – YT addresses the life conditions and immediate needs of youth and builds the self-esteem, skills and cultural understanding of youth organizers.

Team building for Student Power – Consciousness Raising and Political Engagement – YT youth organizers develop positive relationships with young people across racial and ethnic lines, school walls, neighborhood turfs and city borders. Diverse youth organizers participate in leadership development through community organizing.

Challenging Institutions – Outside, Inside Organizing – YT works with community partners and the school districts to shift the balance of power and position allies in key decision making position.

Building Power – Shifting Climate, Policy Change – YT builds a community base of support in schools to understand and advocate for young people's needs. In addition, YT works with a broad range of organizations and institutions to build the capacity of adults to be allies to young people.

Transformation of our Social Context – Dismantle Oppression – YT's ultimate goal is to transform the school systems and transform inadequate school and community conditions to ensure every young person has the opportunities to thrive.

Currently, Youth Together (YT) programs are in three high schools in the Bay Area: Castlemont, Richmond, and Skyline High School. YT's advocacy, organizing and community education programs engage, collectively, over 7,000 youth, parents, teachers, administrators and community members each year.Site organizers conduct workshops at each site during the year, lead campaign related school wide events as well as recruit students to partake in trainings, retreats and actions. Each site has a core team of 15-30 students who participate in workshops and school wide activities.

One Land One People Youth Centers create opportunities for personal and professional growth and development, building cross-cultural alliances, and giving young people knowledge of their choices and resources to be successful in whatever path they choose for themselves.

Parent organizing cohorts ensure that our parents have an active voice in support of our students. Our parent organizing cohort meets weekly with our Parent Liaison, Guadalupe Gomez to discuss the success of our students within Oakland Unified and West Contra Cost Unified School Districts.

Our month-long summer program is allows students opportunities to gain a deeper knowledge of different cultures, connect with the history of political organizing and resistance in the Bay Area and gain tools to fight for Justice in their schools and our communities.

The Political Education Department serves as a bridge between Youth Together and the outside world. We coordinate a fee-for-service curriculum and facilitation that focuses on Leadership, Educational Justice, Ethnic Studies and Violence Prevention. We offer our services on an ongoing basis that can be added to your already existing youth programming.

Youth Together's programs are currently serving schools, students, parents, and communities throughout the bay area. We are looking toward the future including growing our One Land One People program, building a teacher professional development series focused on youth organizing, and participating in creating change in support of young people.

Financials

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YOUTH TOGETHER INC

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2016
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Board co-chair

Jose Luis Fuentes

Independent Attorney

Term: 2015 - 2016


Board co-chair

Lailan Huen

Asian Pacific American Community Development

Term: 2015 - 2016

Nancy Hernandez

The Estria Foundation

Lailan Huen

Asian Pacific American Community Development

Malaika Parker

Independent development, racial justice, education, and adoption consultant

Jose Luis Fuentes

independent law consulatnt

T. Adefela Thomas

UC Berkeley Public Service Center

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes