Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing: Learning and Exchange Fund
Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) launched the Learning and Exchange Fund (LEF) in 2016 as a part of its Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE) – a larger FCYO initiative that has a principal goal of building a more powerful, interconnected youth organizing field in the United States. Other Youth CORE programs include a regular series of open webinars and a national youth organizing convening that takes place every two years. The purpose of the LEF is to support in-person organizational learning and relationship building between youth organizing groups across the U.S., helping to foster important connections sparked during Youth CORE National Convenings and elsewhere, and support learning and strategy development opportunities with peer organizations. FCYO encourages applicants to develop a plan to share their learnings with the broader youth organizing field and will engage with participants who are interested in sharing key lessons learned through field-wide webinars, journey stories, or sessions at FCYO’s National Youth CORE convening.
Youth organizers have been at the forefront of creating and fortifying movements for social change. Through powerful organizing and movement building efforts, youth leaders have achieved meaningful change that has improved the living conditions of immigrant communities, black and brown youth, LGBTQ communities, and working families. The current political landscape poses threats to these very communities as they continue to fight for racial, economic, and social justice in the face of policy agendas that attempt to deny basic human rights. FCYO believes that opportunities to create spaces for youth organizers to learn from each other and hone organizing strategies are critical to the sustainability and growing power of youth led organizing work. The Learning and Exchange Fund will support groups engaging young people in this important work to connect with each other and strengthen their organizations at this critical moment.
The FCYO Learning and Exchange Fund will award grants for youth organizing groups that articulate clear learning goals for Peer-to-Peer Learning Exchange projects with other organizing entities. Organizations that would like to learn from each other’s model and/or strategies will receive grant support to engage in a shared learning activity. Applicants should be clear about what they hope to learn from the exchange and the level of commitment they have from potential partners. Groups are not required to name their potential partners as part of their proposal, however groups that have already established a connection with or a commitment from their desired partners will be given greater preference.
Amount: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Larger grants will be considered for multi-group collaborations.
Eligibility: Applicants must:
- Actively engage low-income young people and/or young people of color in organizing collective action for social, economic, or racial justice. FCYO is focused on young people ages 13-18 but will consider proposals from groups working with 18-25 year-olds as well.
- Involve young people in the leadership of the organization.
- Be a 501c3 or have a fiscal agent which is a 501c3 entity. Organizations without nonprofit status or a fiscal agent should contact FCYO to discuss possible options.
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