| Recent NC Election Results Keeping you Awake at Night?
The Super Majorities in BOTH houses of NC Legislature AND the Governor’s Office on a “MISSION FROM THE POPE” (Art) to cut back & privatize public education in NC – to roll back the progressive movement’s gains and our shared social safety net that will overwhelmingly impact the opportunities & futures for low income & working class youth – particularly immigrant youth & youth of color.
Every year, our school budgets shrink while our prison budgets grow!
As a Holiday Gift To Yourself & the future of North Carolina
We know what’s coming – we need to be ready to defend our future – and we need to make sure our young people have the tools & resources they need to organize & push-back against push-out.
Now more than ever we need young people who think critically about the way their schools and governments are being run, and empower them with the tools to organize & implement their creative solutions!
In 2013, the Youth Organizing Institute (YOI) will turn 4 years old. We are a popular education leadership development program for high school students. We provide trainings on the root causes of injustice, how those root causes are manifested in policies that affect our lives, and how organizing can create change. In the past 3 years, over 50 Triangle teens have participated in our trainings, and we have helped to mobilize hundreds of young people.
We support youth-led organizations like NC HEAT (North Carolina Heroes Emerging Among Teens) and young people organizing in their schools with Gay Straight Alliances and other groups. We are committed to building bridges between young people, adults, and elders.
On December 1 over 15 high school students from across the triangle gathered for the Youth Organizing Institute Winter Training. Students participated in workshops about relevant political issues and ways to be creative activists. These included workshops about Art Pope and School Pushout policies, a media training, a drumming workshop and a workshop on creating oral histories.
The workshops for the training were developed by the requests of current participants in NC HEAT. The Youth Organizing Institute believes that youth must be at the center of any relevant political movement. The Winter training helped the youth become better organizers and they will put those skills to use in their schools and communities.
2012 was a great year for the Youth Organizing Institute! Young people came together to participate in popular education workshops and trainings, and infused their new skills and knowledge into community organizing focused on education, immigration, and the school-to-prison-pipeline.
In February we marched at the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street in Raleigh, and collected signatures for the boycott of Art Pope’s stores, Roses and Maxway. We held a picket at Maxway in Southeast Raleigh in which over 40 people came to support NC HEAT and the campaign to get Art Pope’s money out of the school system.
When the YWCA closed down, NC HEAT led the efforts to support the displaced workers by raising money, issuing solidarity statements, and organizing community-worker meetings. The Youth Organizing Institute organized a Spring Training Day in late March, which included a canvassing training, a political spoken word workshop, and a school to prison pipeline workshop. We also attended a Mountain Top Removal conference and participated in a rally at Progress Energy.
As we moved into the summer, we had our annual summer Youth Organizing Institute. Participants came from across the triangle to learn, laugh, and grow. We participated in workshops from the Sacrificial Poets, Spirithouse, movement elders, and past participants. The institute allowed participants to gain new knowledge of the struggles different people face while building practical organizing skills. Participants created a final project which included a spoken word performance. These new skills were put into place as the year continued.
In September NC HEAT members spent time mobilizing for pride in Durham. Students from NC HEAT marched with iNSIDEoUT to demand equality in schools for LGBTQ students.
In October NC HEAT organized a march, rally, and cultural program about the School to Prison Pipeline in coordination with Dignity in Schools national week of action against school push-out. Youth from over 4 different high schools came together to share poetry and stories and SPEAK OUT about suspensions, high-stake testing, and SRO’s in schools.
We will be ending the year with a Winter Training Day which will include workshops on performance and activism, school push-out policies, and make-your-own media. These youth organizers are excited to respond to the issues they face daily with creativity and collective action.
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On Oct 6, 2012 NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens) hosted a march from Washington Elementary to Central Prison as part of Dignity in School’s Week of Action to Stop School Push-Out.
When NC HEAT arrived at Central Prison, the crowd erupted in a cacophony of noise to reach the ears of the inmates inside. Later in the rally, one student read a letter she had sent to some of the prisoners, explaining why were were outside and why we were trying to stop the School to Prison Pipeline. Over 50% of all people incarcerated in the US never graduated high school.
We must put the brakes on the School to Prison Pipeline and Stop School Push-Out.
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On December 1 there will be a Youth Organizing Institute Winter Training. The workshops will be based on what current NC HEAT members and past participants have requested!This year’s Winter 2012 workshops will include:
- Understanding School Push-Out, Education Justice, Art Pope & the Attacks on Public Education
- Media Spokesperson Training
- Creative Activism (including performance and drumming!)
- DIY (Do It Yourself) Arts and Media for activism.
Please register by November 20 if you want to attend this training. If you have any questions feel free to contact Monse Alvarez at email@example.com or Bryan Perlmutter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to share this with any teen who has a passion for and a love of justice!
NC HEAT joined with community members to march against the school to prison pipeline! Youth from over 4 different high schools came together to talk about suspensions, high-stake testing, and SRO’s in schools.
The march left from Washington GT Magnet Elementary School and ended at central prison. Chants of “EDUCATION NOT INCARCERATION” and “When education is under attack what do we do STAND UP FIGHT BACK!” echoed through the streets.
The event ended with a speak out in front of the prison hearing testimony and spoken word from students, parents, and community members.
The event also received some great press coverage which is below!
On October 6th, NC HEAT is organizing a local day of action as part of Dignity In School’s National Week of Action against school push-out. Please join us at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School for a march to Central Prison at 4pm. This event is raising the issue of the school to prison pipeline and school push-out policies.
This is action as mentioned above is part of Dignity in School’s National Week of Action on School Pus-hout which will take place during the week of September 29 to October 6, 2012.
NC HEAT members are getting ready for pride on Saturday September 29th in Durham. Pride is a great opportunity for community members and students to come together a celebration and an opportunity to raise the voice of the LGBTQ community. Members from NC HEAT also participate in a group call iNSIDEoUT, a network of GSA (Gay straight alliance) and QSA (Querre straight alliances) from around the state. We are excited for this new partnership as we build with different communities to raise our voices. Come out Saturday in Durham to support us!
We are coming to an end of our beautiful institute and we are more than confident that our new generation of freedom fighters will carry out their vision of change. Our community of amazing activists stepped up and shared their skills, methods, and love with our young people and now we hope to pass this on to them. We have come a long way since 2010 and we continue to grow thanks to our donors.
The second week of YOI is off to a great start! The participants learned and discussed the STPP (School To Prison Pipeline) along with their experiences that connect to it. They also learned about arts in the movement and different ways it can form. The Moves of Resistance was taught by Matthias from Spirit House. The moves of resistance came from a scene in the play Collective Sun, which was performed by Spirit House. As an energizer after lunch the participants formed interpretive ways to represent power over and power with which was a way to get the creativity flowing for the day. CJ from Sacrificial Poets directed the last workshop of the day which focused on the importance of story telling and telling our own stories through poetry. Rafi who is one of the participants stated “This was my favorite day so far, the institute keeps getting better and better as the days go by” we look forward to building on previous sessions and knowledge as we move forward!