YOI Solidarity Statement with Youth of Color of Ferguson

We know that there are anti-black, anti-migrant policies that criminalize Black and Brown youth from the cradle to the classroom to our workplaces to the streets. We know that a lack of jobs, opportunities, and the school-to-prison-pipeline are stealing a generation of Black and Brown young people from our communities.

Even so, we know that from Ferguson to North Carolina, Black, Brown, poor, and working class communities are fighting back.  We have nothing but unrelenting solidarity for whatever ways that criminalized, dehumanized, occupied, and oppressed communities choose to do to respond. We believe in the power of Black, Brown, poor, and working class communities to shut down and transform the systems that harm, exploit, and divide us.

We see those we’ve loved and lost living on in the resistance of youth of color in Ferguson, in Durham, in Raleigh, in Cleveland. Chuy Huerta lives. Mike Brown lives. Tamir Rice lives. Renisha McBride lives.

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From North Carolina to Ferguson

nationwide protests


people over profit
Among some of the protestors were our friends and comrades. We are sending love to SONG Durham, Matthias Pressley, Serena Sebring and others who were a part of this action.


Youth spit truth!


Congrats to NC Queer Youth Power Coalition on their first ever spoken word poetry slam! The event was hosted at The Regulator book shop in Durham, NC!

eja training

Education Justice Alliance in partnership with YOI, NC Heat and Advocates for Children and Family Services held a workshop on the rights of students and parents in Wake County Public Schools.


2014 ella baker gala

Come join us for our second annual Ella Baker Gala! We will be celebrating a year of youth activists and allies. The facebook event page is here and you can RSVP here.


We are so super excited to share that we will be releasing Voice & Song/Voz Y Canto, a collection of a bilingual collection of songs, chants, and icebreakers for youth liberation. Want a copy (or a few) for this holiday season? Give to our crowdfunding campaign to help support another amazing year of amazing YOI work!!!!