Dear community, I joined the Youth Organizing Institute family in 2013 as a volunteer and community supporter. The first program that I came in touch with was YOI’s Summer Freedom School–a multi-week summer camp for young people who want to fight the power and change the […]
Recap on the Week of Action Against School Pushout!
From September 28 to October 7, the Youth Organizing Institute, NC HEAT and the Education Justice Alliance held a Week of Action against school pushout, participating in NC Pride, holding a Press Conference outside of the Wake County School Board office, holding a march in downtown Raleigh against the school-to-prison pipeline, and phone banking to […]
Wake County School Board Candidates Answer Questions about Discipline Disparities and Youth Engagement
This September, NC HEAT members attended a series of candidate forums for aspiring Wake County school board members and posed questions around discipline issues and youth voice and engagement in education policy issues. These questions were also emailed to the candidates who had 10 days to respond. Four of the eight candidates went on record, […]
National Week of Action to End School Pushout
The Youth Organizing Institute, the Education Justice Alliance and NC HEAT will join over 50 organizations in more than 20 states to demand that our school systems adopt positive approaches to addressing behavior problems. Zero tolerance discipline policies, school police or armed guards, and other punitive practices have been found to result in much higher suspension and expulsion […]
NC HEAT Plans Second Annual March
As part of Dignity in School’s National Week of Action Against School Pushout, NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens) and the Youth Organizing Institute are calling for a MARCH & SPEAK-OUT against the School-to-Prison pipeline. This is the Second Annual march, led by NC HEAT members. The march will start with a speak out at Washington […]
Big Plans for the National Week of Action!
On September 21, members of YOI, NCHEAT and the Education Justice Alliance met to discuss our plans for the upcoming year. In particular, we planned out the upcoming Week of Action, part of Dignity in School’s National Week of Action Against School Pushout. The Week of Action will take place from September 28 through October […]
Youth Grill Wake School Board Candidates on Discipline Issues
Sept 10, 2013: NC HEAT members line up to ask questions at Wake School Board Candidate Forum in Cary, NC On Monday, September 9, seven NC HEAT members attended the Cary Candidate forum located at Covenant Christian church, to ask perspective school board members the questions about the epidemic of suspensions and racial disparities in […]
School Board Candidate Forums
UPCOMING WAKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD FORUMS: School is back in session that means the work of the Youth Organizing Institute and NC HEAT ramping up! The Wake County School Board elections are right around the corner and we are co-sponsoring a series of candidate forums with WakeUp Wake County, the League of Women Voters, and […]
YOI Hiring Three Student Interns
Youth Organizing Institute seeking 3 student interns for Fall 2013 to work on social media, marketing, organizing, and grassroots fundraising. The Youth Organizing Institute is a popular education leadership development program for high school age LGBTQ youth, low-income youth, and youth of color in Wake, Durham and Orange counties. We believe in grassroots organizing and […]
NC HEAT wants YOU to emerge as a HERO!
On Tuesday, September 2, NC HEAT (North Carolina Heroes Emerging Among Teens) invites passionate, powerful high school youth in the Triangle Area to attend their back-to-school orientation meeting. NC HEAT is a united multicultural group of youth from different aspects of life seeking a common purpose. We organize and advocate for civil rights and justice in […]