The 2013 Youth Organizing Institute starts tomorrow in Raleigh!

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We are thrilled to have over 20 high school students from across the Triangle convening to build community and gain the tools to be organizers and advocates on their own behalf. In this exciting and critical time in North Carolina we recognize that building youth leadership in the movement is more important than ever! We need your support to help build the skills and leadership of young people. Help us by donating today!

The Youth Organizing Institute is doing something new as part of our new Building Bridges Teen Activist Convening Initiative and our 2013 Summer Curriculum.

For the forth year, the Youth Organizing Institute is putting together an exciting program for young people who want to learn about social justice history and organizing.  Due to overwhelming interest, this year we have DOUBLE the usual number of participants!  

This summer we are hosting a special Grassroots People’s History Field Trip to Greensboro on July 11.  The field trip includes:

  • Admission to the International Civil Rights Museum, the site of former Woolworths and the place the Greensboro 4 kicked off the Sit-In Movement,
  • A locally-made southern lunch served at the historic Beloved Community Center as we break bread with movement elders and share and listen to stories,
  • A customized grassroots people’s field trip of Greensboro created by the organizers at the Beloved Community Center,
  • Travel to and from Greensboro in a bio-diesel fueled bus,
  • Participation on the bus by Moral Mondays organizers who will share stories and teach us Movement Songs.

The cost per person is approximately $30.

It is so important to lift up our own People’s History – stories that we are not always taught in school.  In order to make this life-changing field trip a reality, we need support.

Youth lead march to Governor

witnessWedTwo days after the June 24 “Moral Monday,” youth in NC called for an action to raise their issues. The action was called “Witness Wednesday.”  NC HEAT leaders Q and Beatrice addressed the crowd at a press conference before a march to the Governor’s office. They demanded an end to the criminalization of youth and for fully funded quality education.

They spoke about legislation aimed at lowering the age to 13 when youth could be tried as adults, and spoke against privatization and the school voucher bill. The racist criminal injustice system that disproportionately incarcerates youth of color must be stopped. While the mobilizations on the state-wide level are continuing, NC HEAT is building a coalition around challenging police in schools and ending racist discipline practices.

Youth Mobilize for “Moral Monday”

ImageSince April 29, members of NC HEAT have come out for weekly “Moral Mondays.”  On June 24 thousands of people from across the state gathered.  Over 120 people participating in non-violent civil disobedience.  The reactionary policies being proposed include massive cuts to education, a school voucher plan, refusing the Federal Medicaid Expansion, and cutting unemployment benefits. NC HEAT will continue to raise youth demands, tell their stories, and be in solidarity every Moral Monday.

Now accepting applications for Summer 2013 Youth Organizing Institute

**APPLY TODAY BY FILLING OUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION**

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Calling Triangle-Area Teens:  Work this summer to stop racism & school re-segregation, challenge the school to prison pipeline, and make schools safe for LBGTQ youth (and get paid!).

The Institute will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 9-25, with one overnight retreat. 

Entering its fourth year the Youth Organizing Institute is committed to training, supporting, and developing the next generation of activists, organizers, and social change leaders in North Carolina.

Applications are due June 7.

What is the Youth Organizing Institute:

We are youth organizers. We are immigrants and we are US born. We are white, black, and brown. We speak many languages. We are gay and we are straight. We believe in solidarity, we support each other, and we affirm the humanity and dignity of every person. We do not believe in “problem kids.” We believe society has problems and we must be the ones to fix them. We believe in hard work and we believe in fun. We are loyal to each other and dedicated to our values. We got your back. We believe that five fingers clutched together are stronger than each finger on its own.

We honor the legacies of the youth organizers and activists who came before us. We walk in the legacy of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). We believe in collective direct action.

We are part of a broad, dynamic, diverse, and international student movement.

COMMITMENTS – YOURS AND OURS

Teens accepted into the program must complete 50 hours of classroom & field work.
Sessions will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from July 9 – July 25, plus one weekend.

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate and a $100 stipend.

NC HEAT Mobilizes to School Board

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school board meeting end the pipelineOn June 4, Students in NC HEAT, the Education Justice Alliance, and The Coalition of Concerned Parents of African American Youth joined forces to attend the Wake County School Board meeting. The “Consent Agenda” of the meeting included a renewal of the SRO contract which funds the security in the High Schools. SRO’s have been arresting youth at many schools including recently at Enloe. Seven students were taken to jail after a water-balloon senior prank. When a parent went into the principals office to ask why these black boys were being thrown into the ground by police the principal had the parent arrested for trespassing. The SRO’s have little to no training and target youth of color. Youth and community members packed public comment section as well as the meeting mounting enough pressure for the school board to move the agenda item of SRO funding to the “action” part of the agenda. After much discussion and debate among the school board members about discipline issues, school board member Keith Sutton said he would consider a moratorium on suspensions for level one infractions. While the funding for SRO’s did end up passing, the board recommended that community members be involved in the SRO summit training in August. This is just the beginning of the pressure we will put on the school board. Students need dignity in their schools and we will work until that is the case. You can watch the entire school board meeting or read more about it!

NC HEAT & YOI at Moral Mondays

NC HEAT and the Youth Organizing Institute at Moral Mondays!

NC HEAT and the Youth Organizing Institute at Moral Mondays!

 

NC HEAT members and Youth Organizing Institute staff have been showing up big to Moral Mondays since the first one – April 29 – when two NC HEAT members were arrested alongside NC NAACP president Rev. Barber.

Ever since we’ve been helping to build and turn out youth and helping with jail support til late into the night.

Check out this joint statement NC HEAT signed in solidarity with LGBTQ organizations and leaders who have been participating in Moral Mondays

 

 

 

NC HEAT & the Youth Organizing Institute bring their message to Moral Mondays for the 4th week!

NC HEAT & the Youth Organizing Institute bring their message to Moral Mondays for the 4th week!

 

Inter-generational Birthday Party for Bridgette Burge

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NC HEAT youth at fundraising party

On May 25 youth, community members, activists, friends, and family gathered to celebrate an amazing woman’s birthday, Bridgette Burge. Bridgette who is an advisory board member of the Youth Organizing Institute talked about her love for the program and for Youth Organizing. “I cannot think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than protesting and organizing what is happening at the general assembly.” The birthday party allowed youth to connect with community members who are in the social justice movement in NC. This powerful event is just one of the many ways which we are building an inter-generational coalition of organizers in NC. The event also helped raise money for the summer program! Can you help us reach our fundraising goal and support the work of YOI? Make a donation today!

Spring Training

2013-05-04 14.16.59On May 4, high school students gathered for the Youth Organizing Institute Spring Training.  Youth from Orange, Wake, and Durham Counties gathered at the Street Scene Teen Center in Chapel Hill.  Popular education trainings were requested by the youth for this year’s spring training.  Additionally, leaders in NC HEAT helped to facilitate the trainings, along with adult allies from the UNC Center for Civil Rights and the Counter Cartographies Collective.

 

The curriculum included a school to prison pipeline 101 workshop, followed by a facilitation training so that the attendees could bring the training back to their schools and communities.  After lunch we had data, mapping, and cartography exercises to analyze data, then transform it into accessible and useful forms. This Spring’s Institute laid the groundwork for  the 4th annual Summer Institute, which will take place in July.

Education Under Arrest

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Calling all Youth!

Register NOW!

Saturday May 4, come to the Youth Organizing Institute’s Spring Training Day and CONNECT with young people across the triangle who are passionate about social justice.

We will learn how to:

  • FACILITATE your own workshop on the school to prison pipeline!
  • TRANSFORM statistics into exciting visuals, maps, media, and spoken word!

Register and share today!