Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM PDT
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 5:30 PM PDT

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The California Endowment 
1000 Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Will Buford 
Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing 
Join the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) for the first in a series of funder briefings and learning sessions for regional and national youth funders as we dialogue with youth leaders from all over the state of California to develop new philanthropic strategies to support young people working together to improve their communities. 

Over the last few years, young people have played lead critical community change efforts around education, juvenile justice, immigration, health and more. In California, sustained investment from funders and hard work from young people and their allies has built a strong youth leadership infrastructure where young people are winning powerful victories to improve their communities. In addition, increased engagement of youth leaders is driving better outcomes for individual young people from marginalized communities. FCYO invites you to Los Angeles to learn about how funders, youth leaders and communities are working together to advance young people as drivers of change.

Here is the first at-a-glance sneak peek of our agenda:
  • AUGUST 1
    • A learning tour and evening reception with youth organizing group, InnerCity Struggle (ICS),  based out of East Los Angles. Youth leaders and organizers from across Los Angeles will ground attendees in the local work and help kick off the convening.
  • AUGUST 2
    • Opening Circle led by youth from Sons and Brothers and Sisterhood Rising.
    • Introduction and Overview of the Big Picture and Goals with FCYO: FCYO Executive Director Eric Braxton and Program Director Monica Cordova on FCYO's Regional Briefing Series, and FCYO's work to build a core of aligned funders, and a stronger, more interconnected youth organizing field.
    • History of Youth Organizing in California : Luis Sanchez, of the Movement Strategy Center, will tell the story of how youth organizing has grown across the state
    • The California Endowment Story: Keynote speech and Q&A with CEO Dr. Robert Ross and Funder to Funder: California Endowment leaders on lessons from statewide investment 
    • Impacts of Youth Organizing on Individual Youth: Young people describe how youth organizing goes further to provide a unique model of youth development. Dr. Veronica Terriquez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, USC will review research on outcomes of youth organizing.
    • Youth Campaigns Deep Dive: Attendees will get to pick two of four sessions to visit, where they will learn from youth organizers about their campaign work in the following areas:
      • Education
      • Juvenile Justice
      • Statewide Infrastrucure
      • Health and Healing
  • How can funders support organically-grown, youth-led social change and strategically build capacity where it is nascent?
  • What does the research tell us about how youth organizing supports holistic youth development and a lifelong community leadership?
  • How can funders help communities build capacity and infrastructure to ensure long-term sustainability