Growing Youth Organizers is an autonomous group of New York 2 New Orleans organizers engaging in reflective dialogue and direct action. GYO is a program to enable the development of students’ facilitation and organizing skills, as well as foster a deeper critical analysis of issues in New Orleans and New York. Students work together on tasks such as: outreach proposals and projects, designing curriculum, planning fundraisers, and refining structures of our service-learning brigades. A heavy emphasis on experiential learning followed by reflective analysis enables students to learn key components of community organizing, as well as gain an understanding of how to refine their own skills.
GYO will be working on several projects this Food Justice Summer Part II, including:
1) Outreach collaborations with community organizations and urban farms. A few examples include Added Value (added-value.org), Brotherhood-Sister Sol (brotherhood-sistersol.org), College Summit (collegesummit.org/regions/new-york), and Worker Cooperative Parties.
2) Planning educational structures for New Orleans and New York Trips.
3) Working on "For Working With Youth" curriculum.
4) Planning a Youth Summit hosted by NY2NO.
5) Participating in a "Trainer of Trainers" program.
If you are interested in Growing Youth Organizers 2012-2013, please contact Djuna Schamus (email@example.com) or Danielle Raskin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your personal information (name, age, grade, phone number) and school.
Growing Youth Organizers is a participatory education project, and thus all students will participate in the creation of the curriculum. Below is the current list of core workshops to be developed by the organizers. This list will be revised as the project progresses.
Confronting Systems of Racial, Economic and Environmental Oppression/Privilege
Consensus-Based Decision-making and Facilitating
History, Leaders, and Relevance of the Environmental Justice Movement
Youth Empowerment and Youth-Adult Partnerships
Analyzing Mission Statements and Actions
Logistical Mastery: Flights, Forms, Finances, and all that jazz
Building Solutions: From Analysis to Vision to Mission to Action
Perceptions v. Reality
How are Environmental Justice, Consensus-Based Decision Making, and Communities of Practice Connected?
Racial Politics of New Orleans: Levees, Schools, and Food
Student Social Movement
How do our Everyday Food Choices and Actions Further our Food Justice Movements
Gender Justice in Environmental Justice Movement
Hard Power v. Soft Power: How to Organize Effectively
Fundraising 101: Letter-writing, Event-planning
How Can We Do Justice by Growing Food?
Ways to Make Change: Examining Effective Discourse to Foster Youth Empowerment
The Six Illusions: Spectacles Within the Food System
Some Useful Resources:
The Ladder of Youth Empowerment