The Youth Empowerment Project is an an organizing school offered by the Wild Project to train the next generation of leaders and organizers.

Theory of Change

Building on the rich history of the youth movement, YEP creates a unique space to equip young people with organizing skills to meet the urgent challenges of our time. Through an intentional community of practice supported by experienced coaches, we build the foundation for the next generation of leaders to sharpen their craft of organizing and learn to teach others to do the same. We form deep and meaningful partnerships with schools, colleges, and organizations directly connected to youth leaders around the country. This cultivates new pipelines for youth leaders who may feel isolated or are unaffiliated with a larger network or organization. This leadership pathway is bolstered by the presence of youth who do affiliate with existing organizations that want to explore new approaches. In this way, we reach across many communities to build a holistic and representative youth movement which is anchored and sustainable.

Our Partners

In year one, YEP grew a community of practice with over 100 youth leaders from 16 states, 9 universities, and 9 organizations recruited from diverse schools, community organizations and national networks. We launch year two in collaboration with Democracy House—a project of the Foundation for Civil Leadership working to inspire rising generations to defend, strengthen, and improve democracy. We are currently seeking additional partners with interest in sustained leadership development through organizing.

Curriculum

YEP utilizes an adaptation of Marshall Ganz’s People, Power, Change organizing framework. Curated for young people, this model develops youth as organizers contributing to the expansion of a robust youth movement. The following leadership practices are at the heart of what we share:

The Youth Empowerment Project is an an organizing school offered by the Wild Project to train the next generation of leaders and organizers.

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