This summer the Youth Organizing Institute is hosting its 7th Annual FREEDOM SCHOOL! It will be our second year with both a Raleigh and Durham Freedom School (AND we are also supporting Chapel Hill partners run their own). Over the years, adults have been an essential part of the Schools, and we want to deepen and expand our holding environment of adult allies. This is an opportunity for you, as an adult ally, to continue to build a better culture of support for young activists as leaders in the movement for social justice!

The dates are as follows (locations will be announced shortly):

RALEIGH: June 28-July 8 (Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm)
DURHAM: August 8-12 (Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm)

We will have an adult ally and parent/guardian orientation on the following dates:

Raleigh: Tuesday, June 21st (tentatively from 6pm-7pm, or a similar evening time)
Durham: Tuesday, July 26th (tentatively from 6pm-7pm, or a similar evening time)

We are so excited for this summer and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! As a low-budget operation, we rely on our amazing adult ally network to make things possible. Every day we need adult allies to help the ship sail smoothly! Each School will have about 12-15 youth participants between the ages of 13-18, and a program team of around 5 young and older adults.

Ways you can support:
>> Attend the School for an entire day (or days!) to be an extra set of hands. You can also support for part of the day. (e.g. first to arrive, space set-up, general clean-up, snack prep, running errands, etc.)
>> Help with breakfast Tues-Thurs. (e.g. set-up, clean-up, food donations and deliveries)
>> Help with lunch Tues-Thurs. (e.g. set-up, clean-up, food donations and deliveries)
>> Give youth rides in the morning to the School and/or bring youth home at the end of the day
>> Offer to lead a skill share and/or workshop for the curriculum team to consider
>> Provide supplies and materials
>> Chaperone our field trips and field days

Thank you so much for your continued support of youth organizing in North Carolina. Learn more about YOI’s Summer Freedom Schools at

Contact: Anthony Maglione, YOI Event & Volunteer Coordinator,