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:
- Implementing Campaigns
- Leadership Training
- Mindfulness and Healing Practices
REP 559 builds on the values and legacy of Fresno Boys and Men of Color, a yli program launched in 2012. Over the last decade, our youth have called for a space inclusive of all gender identities – and for more leadership to create and implement campaigns on the issues they care about. Youth are often at the cutting edge, voicing community needs long before they enter mainstream dialogue. In Fresno for example, youth have been talking for years about the need for mental health resources, community parks, and free transportation – all issues that are now being addressed in local policy.
REP 559 leans into the yli model and responds to shifts in youth organizing across the state and beyond by deepening shared decision-making between youth and adult allies in all program stages, from recruitment to program design, to defining roles and positions, to crafting and implementing campaigns that weave together racial justice, school justice, environmental justice, health justice.