7th Annual Summer Freedom School: Build Youth Power to Fight the Power!

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Participants of 2015 YOI Freedom School Durham Track in front of the historic Pauli Murray House.

Help us raise $2,500 to support the 7th Annual Summer Freedom School.

Over the past 6 years, YOI has convened the Summer Freedom School program, bringing together young people who dare to change the world.

Youth of color, LGBTQ youth, working class youth, and immigrant youth come together from high schools across the Triangle; from Raleigh to Durham, Greensboro to Fayetteville, Benson to Fuquay Varina, Chapel Hill to Carborro with a common passion for dismantling the school to prison pipeline, ending school resegregation, making schools safe for LGBTQ youth, and much more.

As we enter our 7th year of the program, we feel the gravity and urgency of building youth power to fight the power more than ever before. This year alone we have seen egregious attacks on immigrant workers with HB318, queer and trans youth with HB2, and recently, on HBCUs with SB873. These are not just policies and pieces of legislation, they have real, tangible impacts on the livelihood of young people everywhere.

We also know that young people boldly and bravely resist these attacks on their communities and families and are on the frontlines of our movement. We are called to fortify our commitment to developing youth organizers who take on the most difficult challenge of our time: transforming our society into one free of oppression and abundant with opportunities for everyone to determine and control their futures.

We see our Freedom School program as a key part of this work. Please make a contribution today to get us to our fundraising goal of $2,500. This money goes towards paying our interns, stipending our participants, snacks, meals, and field trips. 

We could not pull off Freedom School without the support over our community — from those who donate to volunteers and adult allies to our friends at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and Carolina Friends Meeting House. Thank you for your ongoing support over the past 7 years.