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.
Fresh off the 2020 Presidential Election, and still in the thick of the pandemic, what would be the interest for community organizing in the new year? With in-person gatherings off the table, and the struggles for racial, economic, and environmental justice rising, the Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD) Project forged ahead in building a community of practice online.
In March 2020, the WiLD Project adapted to the global pandemic by moving our signature organizing workshop online. Within a moment of great uncertainty, we saw an opportunity to come together and inspire leadership. As shown in this evaluation report, the results were promising.