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California Funders Announce Second Phase of Youth Power Fund 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO -- Following a co-design process with youth leaders, youth organizing staff, and funders, a group of Northern California foundations launched Phase 2 of the Youth Power Fund, which supports nonprofits that organize young people in the region and advocate for social change. In the current political climate in our nation, the fund recognizes that this is a critical time to invest in the power of youth organizing.

Grassroots organizing contributed to a pivotal youth voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election, with an estimated 10 million young people ages 18-29 casting a ballot — approximately 16 percent higher than in 2016 — according to research from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. In California, voter registrations for young voters aged 18-23 have nearly tripled since 2016 — from more than 800,000 to over 2.4 million — according to Political Data. 

The Youth Power Fund has released a request for proposals and will announce Phase 2 grantees by the end of the year. Eligible organizations are led by (staff and board) and organizing young people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBQ-TGNC (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning and transgender and gender nonconforming) communities who are actively working to dismantle white supremacy, especially, but not limited to, Black or Indigenous membership groups. 

The Youth Power Fund centers youth in its design and grantmaking decisions. Phase 2 funding decisions will again be made in collaboration with leaders from Youth Organize! California, a statewide youth organizing network. 

“Before participating in the Youth Power Fund grant review committee, I had no experience with grantmaking ever. I learned a lot, especially about all of the youth-led organizations making real change throughout California,” said Joaquin Cruz, 16, who helped determine the fund’s first set of grants. Cruz is a member of the Oakland-based GSA Network, an LGBTQ organization that empowers youth leaders.

Launched in 2019, the Youth Power Fund was developed as a result of foundations organizing and working together to maximize impact for collective change. Foundation participants provide funds and/or resources like staff time and are committed to relational work, community building, and community-driven grantmaking. Northern California Grantmakers and Youth Organize! California provide administrative and strategic support to the fund.

The Youth Power Fund is eager to connect with additional funders interested in supporting this work. Learn more here. To discuss partnership opportunities, please contact Kate Seely at kseely[at]ncg.org.

 

California Funders Announce New Fund To Support Youth Organizing for Social Change

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO -- Today a group of Northern California foundations launched the Youth Power Fund, which supports nonprofits that organize young people in the region and advocate for social change. In the current political climate in our nation, the fund recognizes that this is a critical time to invest in the power of youth organizing.

Grassroots organizing contributed to a pivotal youth voter turnout in this year’s presidential election, with an estimated 10 million young people ages 18-29 casting a ballot — approximately 16 percent higher than in 2016 — according to research from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. In California, voter registrations for young voters aged 18-23 have nearly tripled since 2016 — from more than 800,000 to over 2.4 million — according to Political Data.

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