Enrichment, Leadership and Skill Building (ELS) Service Area Strategy

Youth Leadership, Engagement and Organizing

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Overview

Funded through the Youth Empowerment Allocation set aside of the Children and Youth Fund, the Youth Leadership, Engagement and Organizing Strategy is designed to foster youth leadership and encourage young people to take an active role in their communities through collective empowerment and systemic change. Youth Leadership, Engagement and Organizing programs will provide project-based opportunities for young people to initiate, participate, lead and make decisions on projects that are meaningful and have impact beyond one individual. The Youth Leadership, Engagement and Organizing Strategy differs from the Service Learning Strategy in that programming in this strategy is intended to be primarily led by youth participants rather than adult staff. Youth Leadership, Engagement and Organizing programs target middle and high school youth and disconnected TAY and will focus on at least one of the following two content areas: (1) Youth Leadership and Engagement or (2) Youth-Led Organizing.

DCYF allocated $1,878,000 in annual funding to 13 programs across 12 agencies for the Youth Leadership, Engagement and Organizing Strategy.

Strategy Goals include:

  • To provide opportunities for participants to advance along the continuum and ladder of youth engagement.

  • To provide opportunities for participants to influence the perception of youth and youth issues among adults and community members.

  • To increase youth participation in local advocacy and policymaking organizations and networks.

  • To provide opportunities for youth voice to be included in institutional and community policies, priorities, and practices.

Our Youth Leadership, Engagement and Organizing Strategy 2018-2023 Grantees include: