Opportunity Youth kicking ass! OYUnited is a national advocacy network of former and current opportunity youth working to reduce the number of young people disconnected from work and school. Check out this excerpt from their July 28th newsletter:
OYUnited Leader, Lashon Amado, and several other young leaders including, Trenton Cassilas-Bakeberg, a young leader who was active in the Standing Rock organizing, advised an audience of national and local philanthropic leaders during a Funder Roundtable titled, Radical Possibilities: The Power of Youth in the Fight for Social Justice This roundtable shared models of youth-led organizing and exemplars of authentic youth-adult partnerships in the work for social change. It also showcases the radical possibilities and power of youth voice, leadership, and organizing, and how philanthropy can support these efforts.
Several other leaders of OYUnited - Jamiel Alexander (YouthBuild), Kimberly Pham (Aspen Institute, Philadelphia Youth Network), Shawnice Jackson (Public Allies), Shanice Turner (Year Up) and Ryan Dalton (EMPLOY New Orleans) - also planned and facilitated a youth track for the convening for a group of over 30 young leaders from various Aspen communities. A segment of the youth track included a training in civic engagement and building community power.
Click here to view the Funder Roundtable panel. You can also view recorded live streams of several other sessions at the convening by clicking here.