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.
YO! CALI NEWS
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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Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities. Led by students, we organize to advance educational justice and improve our social, economic, and political conditions.
Since April 2019, the Californians for Justice Education Fund has served as fiscal sponsor for Youth Organize! California.
The mission of Resilience Orange County is to promote resilient youth leaders that engage in the critical work of building youth-oriented institutions in Orange County. We are a youth oriented institution that works towards social-systemic transformation while promoting healing, trauma-informed and culturally relevant practices that are inclusive of all members of the community.
Mid-City Community Advocacy Network is a community collaborative based in City Heights, a dense and diverse urban community of about 95,000 people living within a 6.5 square mile area of San Diego. Our mission is to create a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing.
GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.