Emerging Organizers Fellowship Organizations

Below is a list of participating organizations in the Emerging Organizers Fellowship from past and present cohorts.


Alianza Coachella Valley - Coachella, CA

Alianza’s mission is to transform the socio-economic conditions of the Coachella Valley so that people in all communities have opportunities to prosper. We envision one vibrant, healthy, and thriving Coachella Valley where people have a seat at the table for decisions that affect their daily lives.


Act for Women & Girls - Tulare County, CA

Our mission is to engage women of all ages in leadership opportunities that will promote social and personal change. ACT for Women and Girls is committed to eradicating the oppression that lies deep in the roots of Tulare County and its surrounding Central Valley region. ACT has created a movement of social justice leaders who raise their voices to impact our community, state and nation.


Black Parallel School Board - Sacramento, CA

The Black Parallel School Board (BPSB) is a community organization developed to work parallel to the Sacramento City Unified District Board of Education. Its major responsibility is to support the educational growth and achievement of Black students.


Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition - Los Angeles, CA

The Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS) coalition is a group of ten community-based organizations across Los Angeles and Long Beach. Our mission is to end the criminalization of young bois/boys and men of color by creating and influencing public policy that invests in young people and their future.


Building Healthy Communities - Del Norte/Tribal Lands - Del Norte,  CA

The Del Norte and Tribal Lands BHC site is growing leaders that are transforming the places that shape our children, our neighborhoods and schools. Our goal is to ensure that 100 percent of DNATL youth learn to build skills and make positive changes in their community while connected to meaningful relationships and a resilient network of support by 2023. There are three main focuses - Youth Organizing, Trauma Informed Healing, & Youth Media.


California Native Vote Project - Statewide CA

The California Native Vote Project seeks to create historic advancements in Native American voter engagement and registration in California. We want to achieve equity for Native American peoples and increase our communities’ political participation throughout the state by registering thousands of voters for upcoming elections.


Californians for Justice - Oakland, San Jose, Fresno, Long Beach,  CA

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.


California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance - Statewide CA

CIYJA is a statewide immigrant youth-led alliance that focuses on placing immigrant youth in advocacy and policy delegations in order to ensure pro-immigrant policies go beyond legalization, and shed light on how the criminalization of immigrants varies based on identity.


Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth - San Francisco,  CA

Coleman Advocates believes that all children and families deserve access to high quality education, living wage jobs, family-supporting benefits, affordable housing, and a voice in the decisions that affect us. Coleman currently focuses on building more effective, equitable, and supportive public schools in San Francisco and beyond. Our organizational model combines the development of rigorous policy proposals and implementation plans with deep community engagement and leadership development involving youth and parents.


Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco,  CA

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.


Communities for A Better Environment - Statewide, CA

The mission of CBE is to build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments. CBE provides residents in blighte dand heavily polluted urban communities in California with organizing skills, leadership training and legal, scientific and technical assistance, so that they can successfully confront threats to their health and well-bring.


Communities United for Restorative Youth - Justice Oakland, CA

CURYJ unlocks the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. We look to young people to lead the way by transforming our community and investing in their healing, activism, and aspirations.


Community Coalition - South Los Angeles, CA

Community Coalition works to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy.


Dolores Huerta Foundation - Kern County, CA

Our mission is to create a network of organized healthy communities pursuing social justice through systemic and structural transformation. DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy in the following priority areas: Health & Environment, Education & Youth Development, Economic Development.


Faith in the Valley - Kern County, CA

Faith in the Valley believes that by coming together as a region, we can leverage investment in our communities across the Valley, dramatically impact policies that benefit the most vulnerable members of our region, and build the power we need to make the Central Valley a place where all people can have safe and healthy lives. Our Kern leaders have been working diligently to end the school to prison pipeline and keep restorative justice on the forefront. We are advocating for more diverse hiring of police officers, implicit bias training and greater accountability and transparency, including advancing investigation and review of deadly force.


Fathers & Families of San Joaquin - Stockton, CA

Fathers & Families of San Joaquin promotes the cultural, spiritual, economic and social renewal of the most vulnerable families in Stockton and the greater San Joaquin Valley. It is the vision of Fathers & Families to promote strong and healthy families and communities where children and youth are nurtured and fathers are engaged. FFSJ defines "healthy communities" as safe, strong and resourceful; treats individuals and families equitably and honestly; promotes positive family images and recognizes family strengths; and creates opportunities for individuals and families to achieve health, wellness and their human potential.


Fresno Barrios Unidos/Womxn Empowered - Fresno, CA

Fresno Barrios Unidos transforms communities by empowering youth and families through advocacy, education, and wellness.  We are inclusive, respectful, and appreciative of the youth and families we serve.


Gender & Sexualities Alliance Network - Statewide CA

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.


Hmong Innovating Politics - Fresno & Sacramento, CA

HIP is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative Civic Engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. We envision a California of empowered communities that thrive in a socially and economically just democracy.


InnerCity Struggle - Boyle Heights, CA

We organize to build a safer, healthier and thriving Eastside for all. Our mission is to build a powerful and an influential movement of youth and families on the Eastside of Los Angeles to promote healthy, safe and nonviolent communities. The Eastside is comprised of the communities of Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights.


Khmer Girls in Action - Long Beach, CA

Khmer Girls in Action is a community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial and economic justice led by Southeast Asian young women. Our vision is a safe, healthy and just world where all people are free from oppression and are able to determine their lives and communities.


Leadership Counsel - Kern County, CA

Leadership Counsel fundamentally shifts the dynamics that have created the stark inequality that impacts California’s low income, rural regions. Based in the San Joaquin and Eastern Coachella Valleys, we work alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income, and place. Through community organizing, research, legal representation, and policy advocacy, we impact land use and transportation planning, shift public investment priorities, guide environmental policy, and promote the provision of basic infrastructure and services.


Loud for Tomorrow/CRPE - Delano, CA

Loud for Tomorrow aims to create an environment where youth can exercise their own voice and power through civic engagement, advocacy, & community well-being.


Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project Oxnard, CA

The Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) unites indigenous leaders and allies to strengthen the Mixtec and indigenous immigrant community in Ventura County, estimated at 20, 000 people. Most are strawberry farmworkers, and many speak primarily their indigenous language. MICOP’s majority-indigenous staff builds community leadership and self-sufficiency through education and training programs, language interpretation, health outreach, humanitarian support, and cultural promotion.


Mid City CAAN - San Diego, CA

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.


Pacoima Beautiful - Pacoima, CA

Pacoima Beautiful is a grassroots environmental justice organization that provides education, impacts local policy, and supports local arts and culture in order to promote a healthy and sustainable San Fernando Valley.


Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans - San Diego, CA

The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) is a research, public policy, and community organizing hub dedicated to advancing the full economic, social, & civic inclusion of refugees.


PODER - San Francisco, CA

PODER’s mission is to organize with Latino immigrant families and youth to put into practice people-powered solutions that are locally based, community led and environmentally just. We nurture everyday people's leadership, regenerate culture, and build community power. We organize in San Francisco’s Mission, Excelsior and other southeast neighborhoods, & forge alliances to achieve transformational change.


Resilience Orange County - Santa Ana, CA

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. Resilience O.C. envisions resilient youth, thriving communities of color and a transformative movement.


RYSE Center - Richmond, CA

RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice for young people to love, learn, educate, heal, and transform lives and communities. We envision a movement led by young people that ensures dignity for youth, their families, and communities. Programming at RYSE is anchored in the belief that young people have the lived knowledge and expertise to identify, prioritize, and direct the activities and services necessary to thrive.


Sacramento BHC Youth Team - Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Building Healthy Communities (BHC) encompasses many diverse communities in the South Sacramento area, working together to change the way we live- for the better. We are inclusive of ALL community members and value differences in cultures, traditions, ideas, beliefs, needs and expectations, and views these differences as a resource for improving communities.Sacramento Building Healthy Communities encompasses all of the neighborhoods shown on the map below. Working to meet each other and change the way we live – for the better.


Save California Salmon - Northern California

California Salmon (SCS) is dedicated to policy change and community advocacy for Northern California’s salmon and fish dependent people. The goal of the organization is to support the fisheries and water protection work of the local communities, and to advocate to effective policy change for clean water, fisheries and communities. SCS also supports youth and cultural action that overlap with watershed action.


True North Organizing Network - Northern Tribal Lands, CA

True North Organizing Network develops leadership in communities with common values across Tribal Lands, Del Norte, and Humboldt Counties. True North supports families, elders, youth, and individuals of diverse faith traditions, races, cultures, and economic capacities working together for powerful change. United, using the power of relationships and a disciplined community organizing model, True North leaders are courageously challenging social, economic, and environmental injustice in our region.

Urban Peace Movement - Oakland, CA

Urban Peace Movement (UPM) builds youth leadership in Oakland to transform the culture and social conditions that lead to community violence & mass incarceration in communities of color. UPM’s model of “Healing-Centered Youth Organizing” supports young people to feel self-confident & hopeful while empowering them to work for healing, social justice, and a brighter future for all!!


Youth Justice Coalition - Los Angeles, CA

The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is working to build a youth, family, and formerly and currently incarcerated people’s movement to challenge America’s addiction to incarceration and race, gender and class discrimination in Los Angeles County’s, California’s and the nation’s juvenile and criminal injustice systems. The YJC’s goal is to dismantle policies and institutions that have ensured the massive lock-up of people of color, widespread law enforcement violence and corruption, consistent violation of youth and communities’ Constitutional and human rights, the construction of a vicious school-to-jail track, and the build-up of the world’s largest network of jails and prisons. We use transformative justice and community intervention/peacebuilding, FREE LA High School, know your rights, legal defense, and police and court monitoring to “starve the beast” – promoting safety in our schools, homes and neighborhoods without relying on law enforcement and lock-ups, preventing system contact, and pulling people out of the system. We use direct action organizing, advocacy, political education, and activist arts to agitate, expose, and pressure the people in charge in order to upset power and bring about change.


Youth Together - Oakland, CA

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


Youth Will - San Diego, CA

Youth Will’s vision is fighting for every young person to have everything they need to be happy, healthy and prepared to reach their full potential. Youth WIll builds youth power, improved youth development, and demands youth prioritization.


99 Rootz/Power California - Atwater & Sanger , CA

Power California harnesses the energy of young voters of color and their families to create a state that is equitable, inclusive and just for everyone who calls California home. We are a statewide multi-racial civic engagement organization made up of on-the-ground community partners in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the state.