The Value of Youth Organizing

Published December 17, 2012

Authored by Jerusha Conner

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Across the country, adolescents have become deeply involved in struggles for equity and social justice, as they work to promote a kinder, braver world. Although youth have long been leaders in social change efforts, today‚Äôs young people are increasingly supported in this work through youth organizing programs. This paper explains what youth organizing is, identifies four ways in which it benefits the young people involved, offers suggestions for mitigating any downsides of participation, and addresses barriers that youth organizing  groups may face.

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This paper is part of the Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series.

Last updated December 17, 2012