YOUTH TOGETHER INC

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Children & Youth, Race

Location: 449- 15th St. Ste 402 Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: Grounded in our commitment to peace, unity and justice, Youth Together addresses the root causes of educational inequities by developing multiracial youth organizers and engaging school community allies to promote positive school change.
Programs: Currently, YT works in six high schools in the Bay Area that are situated in three school districts and two counties: Berkeley Technology Academy, Richmond High School, Youth Empowerment School, Skyline High School, Fremont Federation of High Schools and Castlemont Community of Small Schools. The YT program model combines multiracial youth development with community organizing and community building strategies in order to ensure that our constituent youth can effectively lead and organize school and community change initiatives that lead to long-term solutions which help create safe, respectful, equitable, and empowered communities. Our proposed efforts provide a system to more effectively monitor and meet the direct needs of a) 320 YT core youth organizers; b) 2,000 youth accessing the YT-led youth Centers; and, c) Over 10,000 youth, parents, teachers, administrators and community members through our advocacy and community education. Youth Together employs a three-tiered strategy in our program delivery and development of students both directly and indirectly.(1)Youth Empowerment and Leadership Development:Through Youth Together?s overall program strategies young people make the connection between their personal growth, awareness, and education with conditions at their school, in their community, and in society. YT youth learn the responsibility they bear to change the cycle of violence and to make a better life for themselves and future generations. Through the process of serving as change agents, as demonstrated in our evaluation findings, the youth become more involved and engaged in their schools and broader communities. The youth are also provided with many opportunities to be heard, respected, and valued by parents, policy makers, school staff, and community leaders.(2)One Land One People Collaborative and Student CentersYouth Together believes that youth violence results when students do not receive the resources and services that they need to express themselves in productive ways. Conditions that lead to youth violence range from a lack of institutional (school and community) recognition of their opinions to lack of anger management skills, academic preparation and support. In response to these root causes of youth violence, Youth Together students and adult allies systematically developed community collaboratives and Student Centers. Each collaborative, entitled the One Land, One People Collaborative (OLOP), is school based and brings together on-campus service providers with parents, students, and school faculty to (1) establish a system of support services for students, (2) advocate for policy changes that address root causes of student needs, and (3) support student voice in school decision making. The OLOP Collaboratives, while responsive to the particular needs and issues of each school site, share a common approach as well as core strategies to increase students? investment in themselves and their school community. Currently there are OLOP Collaboratives and Youth Centers at Skyline High School, Richmond High School, Fremont High School, and Castlemont High School.(3)Outreach, Recruitment and Replication As part of our continued effort to make sustainable institutional change, Youth Together has partnered with UC Berkeley as a way to engage young aspiring educators and activists in educational approaches that transform school communities. Youth Together adult staff and student alumni lead and teach the Fall and Spring UC Berkeley class entitled, Education for School and Community Change. As a requirement, each of the UC Berkeley students engage in a direct fieldwork placement in each of our Oakland school sites. Our larger vision is that the UC Berkeley students come back to the schools in which we work to become teacher activists and adult allies for social change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Together (YT) is a type of organization that values the growth and development of youth as leaders. I have not found another organization that is so dedicated to the youth it serves. The youth that participate with YT are well rounded on the values of social justice.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have 10 years of working with youth and policy changes. This organization was a foundation in my learning on ethics and responsibility in working with youth populations. I am eternally grateful for the leadership and support of this organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

27 people found this review helpful

My name is Teresa Avila I was a freshman at Skyline High School when I first found out about Youth Together. Since becoming apart of Youth Together I have grown in different areas of my life. I am now not only able to see the different issues that are affecting my community,but I have also learned that there are several things that I can do to change it. I have seen that young people see more than adults give them credit for, and with the right push,and a place to develop them they can achieve so much. And thats exactly what I see Youth Together is doing. YT gave me the tools needed to take leadership within my life and in my community, I have learned that if I see something wrong around me I have the tools to change it. and YT has done several things to change things. From helping get free AC Transit buss passes to getting healthier lunches in schools,to recently going to Sacramento to protest the budget cuts to education. These are the things that young people need they need a place where they can feel empowered about themselves,feel that they have power to make change,and feel the connections that they have to other students weather you come from different ethnic,economical,or sexual backgrounds we are still connected and we go through the same problems. Youth Together is exactly what we all need and I am grateful that I was able to be a part of such a grate group!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How students come into the group and at the end ov the school year they leave with mor confidence about wat they can do in thier communities and in thier personal lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That it has given me the steping stones i have needed to further my personal education,and in getting to place that i am in lmy life right now.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun,hard working loving people who dont see the group,or the students that they work for as just a job,but as an extended family.They will go above and beyond to get their students to realize that they have the power to do whatever they want in thier lives and that they shouldnt be limited by the steriotypes that they are born into.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do so much more,they could reach more studnets and get the program in more schools,and help develop so many more students into positions ov leadership.

Ways to make it better...

i would have joined the group earlier!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

28 people found this review helpful

In my experience as a board member for Youth Together, I have seen the organization execute on long-term strategic initiatives related to creating peace, empowering students, and fostering leadership within East Bay schools, while also successfully joining immediate calls to action to reshape our educational system in CA. An example of this short-term collaboration is shown by YT's participation (along with many other education and communtiy groups) in recently organizing marches on the State Capital related to the cutting of education budgets. Given the wide scope of problems in CA schools and the challenges facing East Bay schools especially (some of the most marginalized students in CA) YT has a clear understanding that it is important to focus on long-term stratgeic goals, while also addressing immediate issues through collaboration with other community groups...showing students the power of solidarity across lines of race, religion, or social class. As an organization, YT does not miss the Trees for the Forest. It is highly effective in working across groups to create positive change in CA schools, focusing on both short and long-term changes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Survey results showing that the overwhelming majority of students involved with Youth Together feel it has had a positive impact on thier lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep things essentially the same, but communicate our purpose to the community more actively. As such, poeple in the community who are unaware of Youth Together's work, maight be willing to provide the organization with support or resources.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with people who are decidated to educational justice. My belief is that a good education is the key to success.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun, hard-working, and productive members of the communities which they serve.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create significant positive change in the lives of marginalized youth and students by providing services and resources that the public school system and it's current curriculum cannot provide.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The ability to serve a populatiion which is under further threat due to cuts in state educational budgets.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Youth Together's fiscal sponsorship and support of the soon-to-be-opened RYSE Center in Richmond, CA is a tremendous opportunity for change in that community! It's a model that could possibly be extended to other similar communities in CA.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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26 people found this review helpful

The most frequent comment I hear from staff and youth about Youth Together (YT) is that this organization walks its talk. When YT says it fosters peace, unity, and justice, it does this through excellent political education and services to schools as well as how it operates as an organization. YT, from its organizational leadership to its youth leadership, is committed to doing the right thing whether we are talking about everyday actions or big scale educational equity campaigns.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

quality services to public schools ranging from support services to political and cultural education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

....

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

real support for staff, good management, solid infrastructure that helps staff do what they do best (organize for educational equity, develop student leaders).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible, connected, and inspirational. YT fosters local leadership and encourages youth to become staff to become staff leadership to become leaders in the movement...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of education and youth engagement in the Bay Area. I see chapters at all high schools in every major city - supported by experienced and caring young adult organizers, with a full on summer camp, and frequent regional conferences/get togethers.

Ways to make it better...

....

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need more funding and sometimes burnout.

One thing I'd also say is that...

YT does its absolute best in conditions of limited resources and challenging community climate - with limitless heart!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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26 people found this review helpful

YT is one of the most comprehensive organizations I've had the privilege of working with. Based on a Theory of Action that links grassroots organizing to policy change while directly serving the needs of young people on a daily basis, YT has tremendous impact up and down the East Bay. As a teacher organizer working with students at our school site and as a Board Member, I'm able to experience different levels of this impact and see how youth are empowered through multiracial organizing. I am amazed at the scope and quality of the work that YT is able to pull off. As for a critique, how can YT do more of what YT does?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Youth and Community Empowerment Culture building at a school site Quality events and campaigns organized by young people Highly effective staff and organizational structures and systems.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Dedication and quality of the people committed to YT.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, committed, passionate, qualified, experienced, conscious, active

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to empower young people to constructively change our world! Specifically, ramp up salaries for staff, continue to recruit quality employees, develop a media campaign, update and develop organizational technology (database, server etc.)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

29 people found this review helpful

Youth Together has made an extremely positive impact in my life. Growing up in East Oakland was not the most safe and empowering experience, but with Youth Together I had the privilege of being part of making positive changes and empowering my community. I also have had the opportunity to succeed in college with the support of Youth Together. I have committed my life to social justice organizing and empowering youth because of Youth Together.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

lives of many of us who continue to work in our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to prioritize the youth.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having the opportunity to find my strengths and weaknesses.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for changes.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more youth, parents, and community members.

Ways to make it better...

we had more support from school administrators and public officials.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having to defend the work and lack of financial support from the schools they serve.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Youth Together has made me the person I am today.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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