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Roots Initiative Toolkit

From 2003-2006, the FCYO implemented and coordinated the Roots Initiative, a grantmaking and capacity-building project involving ten dynamic Youth Organizing groups from around the country. Overall, we hoped to develop, analyze and take action on information both macro and micro: macro considerations of the state of youth organizing practice, generally, as illustrated by the ten groups; and micro, focusing on ways to address specific capacity-building challenges faced by individual groups. This Toolkit provides, additionally, various suites of tools (in the form of templates, worksheets and exercises) that we hope are useful to organizations undertaking a broad range of organizational development efforts.

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OPS 11 - Building Transformative Leadership: Data on the Impacts of Youth Organizing

Published in May, 2011, OPS 11 illustrates the power that youth organizing, specifically organizing for education reform, has on young people – from increasing self-efficacy and strengthening leadership capacity, to building collective power, academic motivation, and future commitment to civic engagement. Drawing on six years of data, OPS 11 expanded on OPS 10, “Building a Pipeline for Justice”, which underscored the importance of developing a pathway for young people to sustain the social justice movement.

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ReGenerations: Leadership Pipeline Toolkit

Released in 2015, the ReGenerations: Leadership Pipeline Toolkit provides curriculum and tools for groups interested in improving their work building the holistic development of young leaders at each stage of a social justice leadership pipeline. This toolkit has with a specific emphasis on supporting staff in facilitating young people’s transition in the final stage. We hope these tools will be an important resource in supporting the next generational of social justice leaders.

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Youth Organizing Financial Dashboard Template

This financial dashboard for youth organizing groups was developed by the Community Resource Exchange to provide organizational leaders a tool to track their financial position from month to month in an easy way. Inside you can download the Dashboard and follow detailed instructions on how to use it to track your finances.

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OPS 10 - Building a Pipeline for Justice: Understanding Youth Organizing and the Leadership Pipeline

Published in 2010, OPS 10 aims to capture the challenges and opportunities of building a Leadership Pipeline, with youth organizing as a critical starting point, for a more robust and sustainable social justice movement. Written by Prof. Shawn Ginright, this paper makes the strong case that young people of color are key stakeholders in broader movement-building efforts.

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OPS 9 - Urban Transformations: Youth Organizing in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC

Published in 2007, OPS 9 takes a compelling look at youth organizing in the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast —home to the largest concentration of young organizing groups in the nation. OPS 9 was one of five installments that detailed the development of youth organizing in specific regions across the United States. Whether a “region”has a coherent identity is debatable. Still, this place-based dissection brings us closer to work that by definition is grounded in and led by communities.

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Financial Management Resource Toolkit

This toolkit, developed in partnership with the Community Resource Exchange (CRE) as part of our 2015 Financial Management Technical Assistance Project, provides a list of vetted websites with financial management resources that are easy to use and free trainings that can help staff build their skills at no cost. 

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OPS 8 - Traditions and Innovations: Youth Organizing in the Southwest

Published in 2005, OPS 8 transports readers to a Southwestern landscape—beautiful and culturally rich on one hand, and historically oppressive and contentious on the other—to reveal youth organizing that draws heavily on tradition, yet is boldly innovative in its approaches. OPS 6 was one of five installments that detailed the development of youth organizing in specific regions across the United States. Whether a “region”has a coherent identity is debatable. Still, this place-based dissection brings us closer to work that by definition is grounded in and led by communities.

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OPS 7 - At a Crossroads: Youth Organizing in the Midwest

Published in September 2005, OPS 7 challenged the notion of a homogenous Midwest to map the contours of a growing and increasingly varied youth organizing field in and beyond Chicago. OPS 7 was one of five installments that detailed the development of youth organizing in specific regions across the United States. Whether a “region” has a coherent identity is debatable. Still, this place-based dissection brings us closer to work that by definition is grounded in and led by communities.

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OPS 6 - A New Generation of Southerners: Youth Organizing in the South

Published in September 2004, OPS 6 describes the sociopolitical and historical backdrop of efforts by youth and their communities to build hope and local power for social change and justice in the South, and how local and regional dynamics shaped those organizing efforts. OPS 6 was one of five installments that detailed the development of youth organizing in specific regions across the United States. Whether a “region”has a coherent identity is debatable. Still, this place-based dissection brings us closer to work that by definition is grounded in and led by communities.