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April 5, 2013

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October 8, 2012

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 ... more

April 5, 2013

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.

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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

October 8, 2012

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.

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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

August 26, 2008

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August 26, 2008

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!

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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.

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

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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!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 26, 2008

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August 26, 2008

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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...

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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

August 26, 2008

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August 26, 2008

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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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...

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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

August 26, 2008

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August 26, 2008

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?

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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.

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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

August 23, 2008

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August 23, 2008

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to prioritize the youth.

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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

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