First Ella Baker Gala a Success!

On Saturday, December 7, the Youth Organizing Institute held its first “Ella Baker Gala to Celebrate Youth Organizing and Honor Adult Allies” at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh.  The event was incredible! We raised over $4,800 and honored two amazing women – Erin Dale Byrd and Bridgette Burge. We sang, ate delicious food, made […]

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 […]

Youth Join Dream Defenders

Youth from the Youth Organizing Institute, NC HEAT, and the North Carolina Student Power Union organized a caravan to Florida to join the Dream Defenders. The Dream Defenders are occupying the state capital building! As we joined the occupation yesterday history was  made as it was the first time ever enough letters were received to […]

Nationwide Fight Against School Push Out

The School-to-Prison Pipeline is a national issue and requires creating a national fightback. The Dignity in Schools Campaign is helping local organizations coordinate and develop their campaigns to end this pipeline.  Here are some of the recent victories, including in Wake County, NC. DSC Members Win Community Involvement in School Resource Officer Training for Wake […]

Youth lead march to Governor

Two 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 […]

Youth Mobilize for “Moral Monday”

Since 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 […]

Now accepting applications for Summer 2013 Youth Organizing Institute

**APPLY TODAY BY FILLING OUT THE ONLINE APPLICATION** 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!). Seeking applicants for the Youth Organizing Institute Ages 13-19 may apply – fill out the online application. The Institute will take […]