Racial Justice

REP 559

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Redefining Equity through Policy (REP 559) is a power-building and organizing program for young people of color interested in advocating for social and racial equity in their communities. The key elements of the program are: Healing Circles  Leadership Training  Implementing Campaigns  REP 559 builds on the values and legacy of Fresno Boys and Men of … Continued

Moving Forward

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Moving Forward is a youth-based (13yo-18yo) healing initiative that draws on Indigenous practices to help young people in Merced County find alternative forms of healing, mentorship, professional development, political education and personal growth. Guided by the Joven Noble curriculum, the program organizes talking circles that encourage participants to share their personal experiences and opinions on … Continued

Oakland Police Community Youth Leadership Council

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The Oakland Police Community Youth Leadership Council (OPC YLC) was envisioned by Oakland youth who came together after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson back in 2015 as a way to bring youth voice to the public safety decision making tables. The OPC YLC helps to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by creating and supporting the … Continued

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)

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MBK engaged youth of color ages 15-25 in a visual research series on juvenile justice and violence prevention using youth-led multimedia to inform diverse audience in Long Beach. Young people had the opportunity to research what resources are available for youth who have been involved in the justice system, and how the community of Long … Continued

Marin Organizing for Racial Equity

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Marin County is counted among the wealthiest in the country. Yet, despite its progressive values, the recent Race Counts report ranks the county as the most racially disparate in the state of California. Almost every indicator — incarceration rates, health, education, housing, and economic opportunity — reveals a sharp divide among white people and communities … Continued

Rise and Lift

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When we RISE as individuals, we are obligated  to LIFT our communities. While today’s society is taking its toll on all young people, there are some who have been more deeply impacted than others. Merced’s boys and men color – particularly system-impacted and foster youth – are the most vulnerable in our community. Rise & … Continued

Fresno Boys and Men of Color (BMOC)

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The Fresno Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) was launched in 2012, evolving into the new program, REP 559, which has expanded to become a more gender-inclusive space. During its 9 years, BMOC sought to improve the life outcomes of young men of color by engaging them in issues that directly affect their health and … Continued