The vision of Youth Organize! California is for the young people directly impacted by marginalization and oppression to move into positions of leadership, decision-making, and power at organizational, community, and governmental levels.

We envision young people leading a “tidal wave” movement for social transformation and racial, gender, LGBTQ, economic, environmental, educational, immigrant, and health justice through organizing, campaigns, electoral power building, culture, and creativity.

Also known as YO! Cali––we are a statewide network of grassroots youth organizations dedicated to expanding the capacity of young people and organizations in California to practice transformative youth organizing, build power, and create long-term transformation in our communities.


  • On October 1, 2018, student leaders and youth organizers from Resilience Orange County, the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, and the RYSE Center joined with YO! California, the Advancement Project, the California Department of Education, and the California Teachers Association for the official public release of the Welcoming and Safe Schools for All model resolution.


  • More than 25 youth leaders and organizers representing YO! Cali Steering Committee organizations gathered in Oakland this past May 19 to finalize the Network’s 2030 “horizon,” set key goals for the 2018-2019 program year, and gather input on the 2018 Young People’s Agenda. A highlight from the gathering was a site visit and peer learning exchange hosted by the RYSE Center in Richmond, CA.


  • Californians know our diversity contributes to the strength, prosperity, creativity and innovation of the state––and all students in our public schools have a fundamental right to education, health, and safety. However, too many of California’s students are expressing fear, sadness and concern for their and their family’s safety. The ongoing national debates on immigration, refugee, transgender, school safety, and other civil and human rights policies directly impact students across the nation and in California.


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