Youth development and empowerment are leading approaches recognized for effective and equitable practice. Along with social justice, these frameworks guide youth allies wishing to facilitate success for youth and families while transforming systems to be more responsive to the needs of program participants. While a number of organizations provide support for out-of-school-time agencies, this initiative distinguishes itself by explicitly supporting the development and empowerment of Youth Allies, which in turn will benefit our communities.
The Oakland Youth Ally Alliance (OYAA) serves as a resource for individuals and organizations committed to positive youth development based in and/or serving Oakland, CA.
As Lead Agency, BOTR coordinates OYAA activities with the support of a Steering Committee from various Oakland-based youth development agencies.
OYAA currently provides:
- Professional Development and Peer Mentoring
- Networking and Socials
- Communications and Resource Sharing
- Issue Identification and Collaborative Problem Solving
When: April 28, 2017 | 9:00AM-12:00PM
Where: United Roots
Youth development programming has for many years provided valuable opportunities for empowerment that result in measurable outcomes throughout the community. In this time of political and systematic uncertainty, however, it is important for youth development programming to be more strategic in how it transforms communities to be more just and equitable. While some organizations explicitly engage in organizing and advocacy, there is a need for non-advocacy based groups to further integrate social change strategies so that we may aid in a collective response to macro-level issues affecting our community.
At this workshop, we will explore:
- ways of grounding program services in social change by integrating opportunities for youth activism
- taking a stand as youth allies
- spurring agency contributions to collective resistance and social change
Lead Facilitators: Jon Gilgoff and Bennie Patterson, Jr., Brothers on the Rise
Special Guest Trainer: Tina Bartolome, Program Director, SOUL (School of Unity and Liberation)
With Testimonial From: Prince White, Program & Policy Campaign Coordinator, Urban Peace Movement
Continental breakfast including coffee will be served.
Please arrive between 8:45-9AM to register and enjoy breakfast.
*For those driving, street parking suggested (both metered and residential). For those taking public transportation, 19th Street & MacArthur BART are best!
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