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The Youth Power Fund has completed the first grant cycle and is about to launch its second phase with an application process. In this second phase, we are prioritizing organizations that are led by (staff and board) and organizing youth 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.
In the first phase, we assisted organizations that are organizing young people of color – particularly, Black-led and Black-membership groups – in responding to, and recovering from, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn, even as these groups are actively organizing around education, immigration, youth incarceration, mental health, climate, and economic justice and conducting electoral campaigns such as Schools and Communities First and Vote 16. We are also engaging funders in a collective process to deepen investments immediately in youth organizing given the critical importance of the field at this moment.
67 Sueños works with marginalized undocumented youth and youth from mixed status families affected by high rates of violence, mass incarceration, deportation, and poverty. Using political education, trauma healing, activism, and introducing them to alternative life-changing experiences, 67 Sueños cultivates youth organizing and power building by guiding youth to trust their own process and reframe their stories as a source of power and resistance.
Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Arab Resource & organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots membership-based organization that organizes our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns that challenge militarism, repression, and racism.
AYPAL: Building API Community Power
AYPAL is a leadership development, community organizing and coalition-building organization that seeks to create healthy, safe, and thriving communities. AYPAL’s mission is to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change.
BAY-Peace supports and empowers Bay Area youth to transform militarism and other forms of violence. We offer a holistic youth leadership programs that integrate vocational development, artistic expression, socio-political education, community organizing, healing, and personal transformation.
Black Organizing Project
The Black Organizing Project (BOP) is working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots community organizing and policy change.
California Native Vote Project
The California Native Vote Project seeks to create historic advancements in Native American voter engagement and registration in California. We want to achieve equity for Native American peoples and increase our communities’ political participation throughout the state by registering thousands of voters for upcoming elections.
Chinese Progressive Association
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) educates, organizes, and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.
Chinese Progressive Association
Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
Coleman works to increase opportunity for all young people in San Francisco, primarily fighting to advance rights, safety, and full inclusion of low-income people of color. As quality education is key to future economic security, individual well-being, and social participation. San Francisco is considered a liberal bastion, but the racial achievement gap and the racial opportunity gap indicate how far we still need to go to achieve true equity.
Communities for a Better Environment
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is one of the preeminent environmental justice organizations in the nation. The mission of CBE is to build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice
CURYJ unlocks the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. We look to young people to lead the way by transforming their community and investing in their healing, activism, and aspirations.
Filipinos Advocates for Justice
For more than 40 years Filipino Advocates for Justice has been an advocate for immigrant, worker and civil rights and has sought to help the most vulnerable in the community navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US, particularly at-risk middle and high school-age youth, low-wage workers vulnerable to exploitation, newly-arrived immigrants and the undocumented.
GSA clubs, or GSAs for short, are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. GSAs have evolved beyond their traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools, and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice.
Hmong Innovating Politics
HIP is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization.
HOMEY is a grassroots, non-profit organization rooted in San Francisco, California. For 20 years, HOMEY has unapologetically identified issues adversely affecting the youth and young adults in our community and we do something about it by empowering rather than enabling participants in our program. We do this through delivering hope, empowerment, leadership, culture and most importantly with love.
Jakara Movement is a grassroots organization that strengthens community engagement and creates empowerment. By focusing on issues of civic engagement, education, health, and social justice, Jakara Movement inclusively engages large sections of the youth in various projects to strengthen their consciousness, foster education, and inspire activism. Though our work is inspired by Sikh principles, Jakara Movement is an inclusive and diverse organization, and our volunteers come from all backgrounds and cultures. Much of our work is done in collaboration with other community groups and nonprofits. We believe a world of engaged communities, strong families, healthy individuals and inspired youth is possible.
Northern California Indian Development Council
The Northern California Indian Development Council works to meet the needs of American Indian communities by researching, developing, and administering social and economic development programs. NCIDC will provide support and technical assistance for the development of such programs in addition to working to conserve and preserve historic and archeological sites and resources.
NCIDC will work to foster culturally appropriate communication and services needed by American Indian people to achieve self-determination in the economic, social service, cultural, educational, employment, and related fields.
Oakland Kids First
Oakland Kids First increases youth voice, leadership, and power to create engaging and equitable public schools where all students learn and lead. mission of Oakland Kids First (OKF) is to increase youth voice, leadership, and power and create engaging and equitable public schools where all students learn and achieve.
PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights)
PODER’s mission is to organize with Latino immigrant families and youth to put into practice people-powered solutions that are locally based, community-led, and environmentally just. We nurture everyday people’s leadership, regenerate culture, and build community power.
Project WHAT! - Community Works
Behind every parent in jail or prison, there are children who are serving time as well. Social stigma, financial deprivation, household instability, and isolation are the markers of families whose parents are behind bars. Our work is twofold: to create a community that allows our young people to use their voice, pride, and power; and to support them in creating policy change that reflects the needs of youth and families with an incarcerated loved one.
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)
Restorative Justice (RJ) is a set of principles, a philosophy, focused on mending broken relationships to create a better future. It is a fundamental shift in the way that we think about and do justice, in the way that we do community. What happens when we stop thinking about justice as “an eye for an eye”? What happens when we think about harm in ways that don’t involve retaliation or vengeance, but healing and transformation?
RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice for young people to love, learn, educate, heal, and transform lives and communities.
San Francisco Rising
San Francisco Rising builds the political power of working-class communities and communities of color in San Francisco to lead the way for democratic governance that prioritizes racial, economic and environmental justice.
Save California Salmon (SCS)
Save California Salmon (SCS) is dedicated to policy change and community advocacy for Northern California’s salmon and fish dependent people. The goal of the organization is to support the fisheries and water protection work of the local communities and to advocate effective policy change for clean water, restored fisheries, and vibrant communities. SCS also supports youth and cultural action that overlaps with watershed action.
South Bay Youth Changemakers
South Bay Youth Changemakers is a youth-led community organization building Asian American political power in the South Bay. Through community organizing, civic engagement, and narrative work, South Bay Youth Changemakers empowers young people to build more just and sustainable communities.
SIREN | Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network
SIREN’s mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and legal services. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.
Urban Peace Movement
Urban peace Movement builds youth leadership in Oakland to transform the culture and social conditions that lead to community violence & mass incarceration in communities of color. UPM’s model of “Healing-Centered Youth Organizing” supports young people to feel self-confident & hopeful while empowering them to work for healing, social justice, and a brighter future for all!!
Young Women's Freedom Center
Young Women’s Freedom Center is a leadership and advocacy organization led by systems-involved young and adult women and transgender gender non-conforming people of color who have grown up in poverty, worked in the underground street economy, and have been criminalized by social services such as foster care, welfare, and the mental health systems.
Grounded in our commitment to peace, unity and justice, the mission of Youth Together is to address the root causes of educational inequities by developing multiracial youth leaders and engaging school community allies to promote positive school change.