Youth Together Defunded- Support May 24!


Tiny - Posted on 21 May 2016

Author: 
Yael Chanoff

Youth Together has been supporting Oakland high schoolers with youth-led programs for 20 years. But this year, they were denied funding from the Oakland Fund for Children and Families, the city agency that has historically supported them. Youth Together could be in trouble, and they are asking for community support as they oppose the funding decision at the Oakland City Council meeting this Tuesday, May 24.

"Youth Together is grassroots, we always have been. We are here for the youth," said Jose Alejandre, a Youth Together organizer at Castlemont High." On May 24th we are asking the community to stand with us."

Youth Together was founded by high schoolers in 1996 who wanted after school and extra-curricular education that spoke to their needs and cultures. Their vision has now been realized as One Land One People youth centers in three high schools. Youth Together also organizes in five high schools and conducts educational workshops around the Bay Area.

The OFCY has stated that Youth Together does not fit into their funding guidelines, as “ 'youth organizing groups that empower Oakland youth to organize for social change and systemic transformation' was not an emphasis for the Career Awareness & Academic Support for Older Youth funding strategy.”

Support Youth Together and their fight to get their funding restored. Meet at 4pm outside Oakland City Hall on Tuesday, May 24.

Learn more about Youth Together: https://www.facebook.com/youthtogether/?fref=ts
http://www.youthtogether.net/

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