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Youth Empowerment Project Report 2023 (Executive Summary)

After seven years and training over 2,000 people in the craft of community organizing, the Wild Project responded to the 2020 uprisings by creating an opportunity for emerging leaders to move from activism to sustained, relational community organizing. Its creation, the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is an organizing school for young people ages 14-30. During the pilot year, over 100 youths, recruited from universities and partner organizations, participated in YEP programming from July 2022 to June 2023.

2024-01-09T13:29:11-06:00January 9th, 2024|Reports, Wild News|

Join Us For The Road Ahead: 2024 Election

Reporting fresh off a coffee shop tour reconnecting with organizers exploring opportunities to dial-up our efforts, locally and nationally, on the road up to the 2024 election and beyond. Wanted to share both the challenges and opportunities that surfaced—while inviting you to join us for what’s ahead! Wondering if these challenges resonate? A loss of organizing culture amplified during the pandemic and ongoing disappointment of not being heard by our politicians *many we’ve elected! A frustrating pattern of playing defense stuck blocking the harmful bills coming through our legislature vs. having a vision of alignment and what we’re fighting [...]

2023-10-31T13:43:08-05:00October 30th, 2023|Wild News|

Reflections from Nneka Akubeze: Florida Organizing Workshops

Whew! What a time in Florida, y'all! I'm just getting back from an incredible organizing workshop with 46 young folks aged 16-22 who converged at the Hope CommUnity Center (HCC) from central and south Florida. And this was just the precursor! These inspiring young leaders learned organizing just that weekend with a plan to coach their peers the following weekend where nearly 220 people gathered to ignite a movement! As you walk into the HopeCommUnity Center, you see a beautiful mural which represents the history and community. Once you pass the front desk, you are greeted with at least [...]

2023-10-26T17:06:09-05:00October 26th, 2023|Wild News|

Transformational Change Through Servant Leadership

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” -Robert K. Greenleaf In the heart of our mission lies the transformative power of leadership, that everyone can be and is a leader. There are many types and styles of leadership, and within the Wild Project, we pay particular attention to servant leadership. A servant leader prioritizes the needs and well-being of others, emphasizing empathy, collaboration, and the empowerment of those they lead. Servant leaders serve their teams rather than expecting their teams to serve them. This approach to leadership [...]

2023-10-31T13:47:07-05:00October 11th, 2023|Tools for Action|

Reflections from Santa Rosa Organizing Training

Recently, I had an insightful conversation with a fellow organizer who said, “I think we need to re-establish a culture of organizing in our state”. Still recovering from the pandemic and so often stuck playing the game of coming up with a bunch of surface-level tactics to simply meet the metrics of our funders, with little to show for it in the building of organization. That resonate? These snapshots of where people are leading by example in the “doing of it” need to be shared in light of what feels like an absence of deeper organizing happening in Wisconsin [...]

2023-09-18T12:07:35-05:00September 12th, 2023|Wild News|

Lynette Cashaw-Davis: Organizer Spotlight

This week, we're spotlighting Ohio-based organizer, Lynette Cashaw-Davis. Follow along to see how she is making an impact in her community! 1) What are you working on now—the change you are feeling the most urgency around making in the world through your organizing? Developing a coalition of community organizations and individuals to look at addiction and recovery through the lens of equity and inclusion, and commitment to the elimination of disparities, stigma and discrimination by embracing culture-informed practices in recovery spaces. 2) If you could give a new organizer one piece of guidance, what would it be? Follow your [...]

2023-08-02T15:59:32-05:00August 2nd, 2023|Organizer Spotlights|

How to Combat Organizer Burnout

What is Burnout? Burnout is more than an abundance of stress; it is the act of being emotionally and physically drained from numerous experiences simultaneously. Psychologists define burnout as a “break between what people are and what they have to do.” With so many balls to juggle, feeling intense exhaustion can be expected. Yet, there are opportunities to combat this burnout, including in the world of community organizing. Be Aware of the Symptoms Remedying burnout starts with understanding how overexhaustion and stress can show up in your body. Here are a few symptoms to look out for: Exhaustion: Feeling [...]

2023-06-20T14:53:31-05:00June 20th, 2023|Tools for Action|

Bella Dziak: Organizer Spotlight

University of New Hampshire student and organizer, Bella Dziak, is working towards increasing food security on her school's campus. 1) What are you working on now—the change you are feeling the most urgency around making in the world through your organizing? My team and I are working towards increasing food security for students who utilize the dining halls at University of New Hampshire. We are requesting our administration change the mandatory unlimited meal plan option for those living in dorms on campus. Many people who have dietary restrictions due to allergies, religion, and ethics are unable to value their [...]

2023-06-06T20:34:10-05:00June 6th, 2023|Organizer Spotlights|

Robyn Finnicum: Organizer Spotlight

Robyn Finnicum is an organizer in Nevada advocating for higher standards in recovery housing. Check out her journey below! 1) What are you working on now—the change you are feeling the most urgency around making in the world through your organizing? I am working with a team of organizers in Nevada to advocate for standards in recovery housing in the state. Through group and individual listening sessions, we identified one of the biggest barriers to recovery in Nevada is the lack of safe and inclusive recovery homes. Women and men shared a need for family housing. The LGBTQIA community shared [...]

2023-05-25T15:59:08-05:00May 25th, 2023|Organizer Spotlights|

Sean Wilson: Organizer Spotlight

This week's spotlight goes to Sean Wilson, an activist who grew up in Milwaukee. As someone with 17 years of lived experience and direct involvement with the criminal legal system, Sean has made it his mission to help others and make progress for real reform in a system that is broken. 1) What are you working on now—the change you are feeling the most urgency around making in the world through your organizing? We are working and collaborating with 13 leaders who have been directly impacted by the issue of mass incarceration in 13 of our priority states and [...]

2023-05-18T17:12:05-05:00May 18th, 2023|Organizer Spotlights|

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