Capacity Building for Transformative Youth Organizing

Our capacity building efforts aim to foster, deepen, and build YO! Cali organizations and the capacity of the broader field of youth organizing to integrate and implement these five key elements fundamental to Transformative Youth Organizing: 

  • Base-Building
  • Leadership Development
  • System Change Campaigns
  • Personal Growth and Transformation
  • Movement Building


We do this by focusing on training opportunities, peer-to-peer learning, individual and organization capacity building, healing and transformative practices, and creating pathways for the next generation of youth organizers. Our key capacity building programming includes:

1.    Youth Organizing Retreats
Regional Institutes and Gatherings create a space to bring youth organizing staff and membership together to build skills, analysis, and relationships with each other through workshops with practitioners in the field, site visits, and collective strategizing, imagining, and creativity.

2.    Emerging Organizers Fellowship
This 9-month leadership development opportunity is for emerging youth organizers dedicated to personal and social transformation and collective liberation. Through the fellowship young people and organizations increase their capacity to build power and create long-term transformation in marginalized communities. More info here.

3.    Peer Exchanges
Regional and Statewide site-based peer exchanges and learning opportunities between youth organizing staff and membership with key youth organizing organizations & practitioners.

4.    Webinars and Local Trainings
Ongoing learning opportunities and skill sharing with practitioners in the field to uplift key strategies, analysis, and lessons learned.


Coming Soon….
In an effort to resource our movement and share resources, we are building a library of curriculum and toolkits to share. Stay tuned.