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Education is under attack and young people are on the front lines, both defending public schools and challenging criminalization in their classrooms & hallways.
Bryan Perlmutter
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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In 2013 the Youth Organizing Institute (YOI) turns 4 years old.   

What is YOI?

Short answer: YOI is a popular education leadership development program for high school age students.  We provide trainings on the policies that impact young people and how to organize to create change. In the past 3 years, over 100 Triangle teens have participated in our trainings and we have helped to mobilize hundreds of young people to speak-out in support of equity in public schools.


Why YOI?

Youth of color, LGBTQ youth, and poor and working class youth are under attack in public schools. Wake County has one of the highest suspension rates in the country. In Orange County students of color are 17x more likely to get suspended than white students for non violent crimes, such as cell phone use.  What's the solution?  Student Power!  When young people identify and name their problems, and are offered the tools, resources, and space to create solutions - the result is transformative.  In the legacy of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committe) and following Ella Baker's leadership development models, the Youth Organizing Institute believes in elevating the collective voices and power of young people.


Intergenerational movement buildingThis Summer

We will train 15 Triangle-based youth, ages 13-18 in a popular education-style curriculum that focuses on political education & leadership development. 

We will establish a year long inter-generational mentorship program for graduates.

We will strategize and plan to launch a campaign for a MORATORIUM on Out of School Suspensions

We will Put the Brakes on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.


To meet our goals we need your help!

Funds donated will help us:
• Increase the number of students we can accept into the summer program

• Enhance our summer program by taking a trip to the International Civil Rights Museum and Beloved Community Center in Greensboro

• Develop peer education around the school-to-prison pipeline and school push-out,

• Sustain our campaign for a Moratorium on out of-school suspensions by providing stipends to youth organizers.

Check out some of the Recent Accomplishments of our graduates on our website 

Our History/Legacy (on our blog)




Testimonials from YOI Graduates


Qasima Wideman    Beatrice Galdamez          Molly McDonough

Ella Baker

"We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes"

In the spirit of Ella Baker We need your help to keep this program alive! 

Thank you for your support!  Your donation is a commitment to young people as they become leaders and visionaries in our communities.

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This campaign ended on July 13, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Postcard & name in newsletter

    You will receive a signed postcard with a group photo from the Summer 2013 Youth Organizing Institute & a big thank you in our year-end newsletter and zine

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    In Honor of Carly's 25th Bday!

    To celebrate 25 years of Carly Campbell- make a donation to support YOI and recieve a youth-made zine! Newsclippings, photos, poetry, and more from the brilliant youth at the Youth Organizing Institute! (plus prior perk)

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $30USD
    Field Trip Sponsor

    On July 11 YOI is taking a bus load of 50 young people to the Greensboro International Civil Rights Museum, followed by an inter-generational Story Circle with activists and elders working for social, racial, and economic justice. Transportation, museum admission, and lunch will be covered - the cost per person is $30. Please consider sponsoring one young participant - we will give props at our graduation ceremony at the end of the summer.

    10 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $40USD
    Honor Bridgette's 40th Bday!

    To honor Bridgette Burge's 40 years & her commitment to support justice and building people power - make a contribution to the Youth Organizing Institute! You'll receive all the perks, plus a signed thank you from Bridgette!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    Buttons+end-of-summer sponsor

    Receive 2 youth-designed education justice buttons ++ be listed as a sponsor of our end-or-summer YOI graduation celebration & showcase (plus prior perks)

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $250USD
    Org. Field Trip Sponsor

    Have your organization become a sponsor of our Grassroots People's History Field Trip to Greensboro. Receive a Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline placard SIGNED by YOI grads + seats of honor and a special recognition at our end-of-summer YOI graduation (+ previous perks)

    1 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Intergen StoryCircle @ Yr home

    In consultation with you and on a social justice theme or question of your choosing, we will organize an inter-generational story circle at your home or location of your choosing, with young activist & activist elders. (+ previous perks) We will also provide snacks, childcare, and document the event.

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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