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Youth CORE 2017 National Convening

November 16, 2017 - November 19, 2017


EVENT START:November 16th, 20175:00 PM MT
EVENT END:November 19th, 20171:00 PM MT


Program: Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE)


Youth CORE 2017 National Convening


11:59pm PT


The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO), our Host Committee (Generation JusticeLa Plazita InstituteNM Dream TeamSouthWest Organizing ProjectTewa Women UnitedYoung Women United), and our Convening Agenda Team – CAT (Gamechanger NetworksMijenteNollie Jenkins Family Center) are proud to announce that our second national Youth POWER convening, a program of FCYO’s Youth Community Organizing Resource Exchange (Youth CORE), will take place November 16-19, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Applications are open and will be accepted until August 21. 

Aside from a small token donation, FCYO covers all costs of attending this convening.

This convening, entitled Youth POWER: From Rooted Resilience to Rising Power, has the following goals and we ask that all groups that attend with a posture of learning and sharing across them:

  • Grounded in a Culture of Resistance: We will be grounded in the communities, practices and wisdom offered by New Mexico and the Southwest. We will learn the historical and current impacts of colonization and explore resiliency practices, tools and cultural practices that have stood the test of time.
  • Strengthening the Power and Self Determination of Our Communities:Reflecting on our current political landscape, we work towards strengthening the self-determination of our communities to have the political, economic and cultural power to build just, healthy and thriving communities. We will share the various ways that young people are using a range of strategies and tactics to build the power of ourselves, our organizations and our communities.
  • Sharing Stories, Connecting Struggles, and Building Power: In order to create changes we seek in the world, we need a more unified movement that connects our local struggles and builds unity across issues, geographies, and constituencies. We will connect and weave our stories to nurture our relationships and connect our struggles across borders and boundaries to create shared narratives that support our strategies to build power. We will share tools, lessons and connect in intergenerational spaces and with allies in global struggles.

Aside from a small token donation, FCYO covers all costs of attending this convening. Due to the high level of interest from youth organizers from diverse backgrounds focused on many different issue areas, slots at this convening are limited, and will be offered to youth organizing groups based on a number of criteria:

  • Constituency: Organization is actively organizing primarily low-income young people or young people of color age 13-25 to address root causes of systemic inequity through collective action.
  • Leadership Development & Governance: Organization actively develops the leadership of low-income young people or young people of color and engages them in the leadership of the organization.
  • Movement Building: Organization sees its work as part of building a movement for a just society, is engaged in networks and coalitions to do so, and maintains strong relationships with partners.
  • Collective Liberation: Organization is committed to collective liberation and ending all forms of oppression including those based on based on race, ethnicity, class, ability, sexuality and gender.

Additional Considerations:

  • We will consider organizational age, geographic, constituency, and issue diversity in making selections.
  • Particular attention will be paid to youth organizing groups in the Southwest region, as well as those working with indigenous youth.
  • We aim to have various types of organizational forms, strategies and approaches to youth organizing represented.
  • While we will prioritize including organizations with a history of successful youth organizing, we will also seek to make space for emerging organizations.

Applying for the Convening (contact will@fcyo.org with questions)

This initial application is for organizations: you can apply for your organization to attend and do not need to identify individual attendees yet! 

Please have a staff member from your organization fill out this initial application and update your Youth Organizing Landscape Map profile. If your organization has applied for a grant from FCYO recently, you should already have a profile and you’ll just need to review it and add any new work or changes. If you think you need to register a new profile, please make sure to check with folks from your organization that you don’t already have an organizational profile before you start to set a new one up!

To have as many groups represented at the convening, each organization may apply only once and if invited to attend, may bring two representatives at most. Because topics at the convening range from issues of organizational development to issues affecting young people today to how to build organizing power, at least one of the people you bring should be involved in decision making and at least one person should be a young person as your organization defines it. Young people under age 18 must have permission to attend from a legal guardian and be accompanied by an adult.

In the application you will be asked to give us some basic information on the convening point person for your organization, and some information on why you would like to attend this convening and your current work. FCYO is committed to bringing together as many youth and student organizers as possible, and therefore covers most of the cost of groups attending the convening. We ask each organization to contribute a portion of the cost for each attendee (2 attendees per organization) on a sliding scale from $50/person to $150/person. In this application we will ask you to indicate the level your organization is able to contribute to the convening, or if one of your funders will be providing you with a scholarship. We will follow up to collect this contribution if you are invited to attend. If you submit a session and that session is accepted, you will be able to register and bring 1-2 more attendees to support.

As applications are received (on a rolling basis), FCYO’s staff will select organizations that will be invited to attend based on criteria (above) agreed upon by FCYO, the Convening Agenda Team and Local Host Committee. Within two weeks of receiving an invitation, invited organizations will required to confirm their intent to attend and provide detailed information on those who will be attending the convening including your travel information, dietary restrictions and interest in sessions. It is important to begin deciding who will attend from your organization, as once you are confirmed and booked, registration cannot be transferred. FCYO is committed to providing a safe and accessible space for attendees across boundaries of race, gender, sexuality, language and ability. We invite your feedback and any questions that will make our convening the most empowering and educational space it can be.

Take a look at this recap from FCYO’s first national Youth CORE convening, which took place in Durham, NC for an idea of what to look forward to:

Ten Amazing Things Young People Did Together at the #YouthPower2015 FCYO National Convening

In Solidarity,



November 16, 2017
November 19, 2017
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