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100 Black Men of Atlanta
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. (100) is a coalition of some of Atlanta’s most influential men organized to empower Atlanta’s challenged communities. Together they channel educational and economic resources toward these communities’ students and future leaders. The majority of the organization’s community work is performed through its flagship program, Project Success. Through Project Success, the 100 provides educational support, cultural enrichment and scholarships to carefully selected students from Atlanta Public Schools.

100 Black Men of Chicago
100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. is the premier volunteer youth service organization, mentoring African-American male throughout the Greater Chicago area.

100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland
The mission of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc., is to serve as mentors, deliver and support educational and economic opportunity, advocate for institutional change and improve the health and wellness of African-American Men and Youth in particular and the African-American community in general.

100 Black Men of Kansas
The mission of The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans, with emphasis on our youth. Our programs and activities are molded in our vision of becoming the model organization for African American men for economic growth, sustaining good health, setting a positive example and mentoring youth in the community.

100 Black Men of Kansas City
The mission of The 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans, with emphasis on our youth. Our programs and activities are molded in our vision of becoming the model organization for African American men for economic growth, sustaining good health, setting a positive example and mentoring youth in the community.

100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock
Our most important challenge is to create in each student a mind set that motivates them to change their lifestyle. We must help them understand how important it is to eat healthy, to make good grades, to help their friends and family through good citizenship and to give back once they have developed successful careers. As part of this initiative, we will exhaust every effort to involve the community especially parents.

100 Black Men of Maryland
The mission of 100 Black Men of Maryland, Inc. is to substantially improve the chance of success of youth, specifically males, and to help them achieve responsible, self-sufficient and law abiding manhood by their participation in programs designed to build self-esteem, develop appropriate moral values, motivate and promote cultural competence, and to the extent possible, assist them in the pursuit of higher education and lifelong learning.

100 Black Men of Memphis
The mission of the Memphis chapter is to serve and uplift our community through education, economic development, mentoring, and health and wellness programs. Our members continue to serve as a strong force for overcoming the cultural and financial obstacles that have limited the achievements of African American youth, with a particular emphasis on young African-Americans males.

100 Black Men of South Florida
With a mission to improve the quality of life of our citizens and enhance educational opportunities for African- Americans, our members continue to serve as a strong force for overcoming cultural and financial obstacles, the achievements of African-American youth, emphasizing young African-American males. The 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create an environment where our children are motivated to achieve and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.

ABC Polk Bros. Youth Center
One of the original three centers to form Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) in 1956, ABC Polk Bros. in North Lawndale offers a Continuum of Caring. Well-trained youth-development specialists give individual attention to youth to help them with academic achievement and social and life skills development. Following the Positive Youth Development model, the goal is to give members the tools, support, and guidance they need to reach their full potential through the following age-specific programs

ACT NOW Foundation
Since its founding in 2005, ActNow Foundation has been a stepping-stone for filmmakers, playwrights and artists interested in working for non-profit arts organizations. ActNow hosts regular events in Brooklyn to showcase the best in independent theater and film. Additionally, we are dedicated to fostering the growth of New York’s brightest and most talented artists through our playwright and actor workshops. Our team is passionate about promoting new voices in theater and film. It is our goal to build a solid arts foundation that will serve all ages and ethnicity of various economic backgrounds, engage the imaginations of our audiences through new and innovative productions while focusing on the need to have and keep the under-told stories of the African Diaspora alive and beating in the heart of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene area.

Advocates for Youth
A website aimed at providing information and creating programs for youth sponsored policies. Topics and Issues that Advocates for Youth focus on are abstinence and related issues (i.e. marriage, contraception, and sexual health), cultural competency, dating violence & child abuse, emergency contraception, parent-child communication, sex education and youth of color. Advocates for Youth is also responsible for initiatives which include HIV/STI prevention programs, support for GLBTQ youth, and International youth programs in Africa and South America . The website is also responsible for surveys targeted at youth and their concerns about pregnancy, knowledge of AIDS/STIs and various other issues affecting youth worldwide. Some of the results can be found at

AF Teens
AF TEENS a service of Streetcats Foundation for Youth, One Heart for Kids, National Children’s Coalition and Streetcats Youth Ministries join together to create web portals for African-American Teens.

Affinity’s youth programming focuses on developing the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. The Youth Leadership Institute Advisory Council oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of Affinity’s youth programming.  There are currently two leadership development programs, the Youth Leadership Institute and the Junior Leadership Institute.

African American Men of Arizona State University
Coordinated by the African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU), the High School-to-College (H2C) Program is an early outreach initiative that focuses on increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of African American male college and high school students. The program offers a variety of services including college prep workshops and mentoring to high schools students and their parents in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area in an effort to prepare the students for a successful college experience.

Afro Puffs and Ponytails
Afro Puffs and Ponytails is a positive website that provides  encouraging articles,  events, program listings, and resources for African American/Black teen girls, young girls, and their parents.

After School Matters
After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago teens innovative out-of-school activities through its science37, sports37, tech37, words37 and nationally-recognized gallery37 programs.

Afterschool Partnership
Afterschool Partnership is the intermediary organization leveraging resources to programs that serve children and youth during out of school hours in New Orleans. We maintain strong connections between community groups, schools, government agencies, and families. Serving as this critical link, we strive to fill any gaps between existing local youth systems and to create a strong infrastructure that effectively supports the children and youth of New Orleans.

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) inspires and trains diverse youth leaders to impact environmental issues through community action projects and campaigns; skills training in leadership, environmental education, civic engagement, and community organizing; and green jobs that sustain our communities and future.

All Hip Hop provides comprehensive information and news about hip hop artists, culture and events. The site also has links for music downloads and has a discussion board to post comments about issues related to hip hop.

All Stars Project Inc.
The All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting human development through the use of an innovative performance-based model. The ASP creates outside of school, educational and performing arts activities for thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities.

Allen Temple East Oakland HIV/STD Prevention Project
Through our community based East Oakland Collaborative, Allen Temple Baptist Church AIDS Ministry is dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the people of East Oakland and neighboring Alameda County cities. Locally, the Ministry focuses on prevention education and the provision of much needed medical and social services. Currently, a major challenge in Oakland is that many people don’t know they are HIV/AIDS positive. The Ministry understands this challenge. As result, we urge everyone to get tested and we place a special emphasis on outreaching to youth and young adults. Our Collaborative programs include partnerships with civic, religious and corporate organizations.

Alternatives, Inc.
Alternatives, Inc. is a not-for-profit youth and family service agency established in 1971, serving Chicago’s northeast communities of Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park, Lakeview, North Center, Lincoln Square and West Ridge. The agency’s mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well being. The organization has grown from a small, single site offering substance abuse services to a multifaceted agency that employs 50 full-time staff, manages over 175 volunteers and serves over 3,000 youth and families annually.

ARISE Detroit!
Mission: to inspire a community of active engagement, personal responsibility and hope by connecting people to opportunities and resources to transform the quality for all Detroiters.

Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge
The Arkansas National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program will intervene and reclaim the life of qualified at-risk youth by providing the opportunity to learn the values, skills, and self-discipline necessary to become productive citizens through education, leadership, training, and mentoring of cadets in a controlled, quasi-military system spanning both the residential and post-residential phases and beyond.

Ase Academy
Ase (ah-shay): The Saturday Academy is an academic and cultural enrichment program in Philadelphia which works with secondary students on Saturdays during the school year. The Ase curriculum is diverse and intensive, concentrating on analytical skills, reading comprehension, public speaking, writing, personal and social responsibility, and academic excellence. Courses include areas such as African cultures, Technology, Community Development, Career Preparation, Mathematics, Literature, Arts, and much more.

As One We Can Foundation
As One We Can (AOWC) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization; it was founded in 2008 in response to the increased drop-out rates and spiking crime rates among minority youth. Violence and failure in school is closely associated with the lack of developmental opportunities that are available to students in impoverished neighborhoods. AOWC is focused on closing the developmental gap of youth in underserved communities throughout Chicago. AOWC has designed several programs that use visual and performing arts as a vehicle to teach youth to be creative, work together, reengage them in learning, and to be excited about being successful in life.

At-Risk Youth Programs at ThorpeWood
ThorpeWood’s mission is to serve at-risk youth and increase the likelihood of their success through long-term, outcome-based, customized academic support and personal development programs in partnership with their schools and youth organizations. We serve students from throughout the region including Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Frederick and Washington Counties (MD).

Auburn Youth Programs
Auburn Youth Resources (AYR) is a private, non-profit child and family agency serving South King County since 1973.  Our mission is to assist families and youth by providing counseling, prevention, and support services with the goal of helping them to become healthy, loving, and self-directed individuals. AYR operates four major community-based programs providing counseling, residential treatment, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and street outreach.

Audre Lorde Project
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities. is a site dedicated to all aspects of hip hop and provides links to other informative sites dealing with hip hop culture. The site also contains forums for artists and hip hop fans. is a site dedicated to female hip hop culture. The site contains information about female hip-hop artists as well as forums, blogs and events.

Baltimore Algebra Project
The Baltimore Algebra Project is a youth run organization that is focused the one-to-one tutoring of math to middle and high school students. We also have an advocacy branch of the Algebra Project that advocates for quality education (better school buildings, supplies, more funding for schools, etc.) to the students in Baltimore City.

Baltimore Urban Debate League
The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL) enriches the academic experience of students from Baltimore City’s public elementary, middle and high schools through participation in team policy debate. Through debate, students become engaged learners, critical thinkers and citizens and leaders who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

Bay Area Youth Arts
Bay Area Youth Arts is a nonprofit youth development through the arts program.  Our mission is to help at-risk, inner-city youth develop the self-discipline, self-confidence and self-esteem necessary to lead positive and productive lives.  We prepare young people for life’s challenges and opportunities through an arts education program that fosters listening skills, learning skills, creativity and responsibility.

Beyond Media Education
Beyond Media Education’s mission is to collaborate with under-served and under-represented women, youth and communities to tell their stories, connect their stories to the world around us, and organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of media arts.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas
Big Brother Big Sister’s  mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth, and provide successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, Inc
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with proven results.

Birmingham Urban League, Inc
The Birmingham Urban League Youth Services program is designed to address the academic social and economic issues facing youth, particularly African Americans and other youth of color.

Black Achievers Society
The Black Achievers Society’s mission is to actively respond to the educational, social and economic needs of the community by providing role models for Blacks and minority youth, sharing knowledge gained through academic and corporate experience, and to be more responsible to our mission focus…educational, social, and economic needs of the community.

Black AIDS Institute
The Black AIDS Institute supports policies dedicated to reducing HIV/AIDS health disparities within the black community. Some of the projects and programs include media campaigns, conferences on black male homosexuality, and African American women with AIDS/HIV empowerment. The website features useful articles about the AIDS epidemic on a national as well as a global scale.

Black College Wire
Black College Wire is a news service established in 2002 to promote journalistic work of students at predominantly black colleges and universities and also links those young journalists to training and employment opportunities in the field. This site is a project of the Black College Communication Association, an organization for faculty members teaching journalism and mass communications at black colleges and universities.

Black Collegian Online
The Black Collegian Online, the electronic version of The Black Collegian Magazine, which is the first web site dedicated to providing rich content and resources to Black collegians and all people of color seeking career and self-development information.

Black Community Developers, Youth Initiative Program
The Youth Activity Center program provides youth with opportunities and support within an exciting learning environment that not only emphasizes making good choices, but also enables them to feel secure and hopeful about their future. Our two program sites (female and male) serve 50 youth, ages 12 – 18, each day, to provide positive alternatives to at-risk youth, giving them the chance to participate in constructive activities with peers, receive help in times of crisis, and develop healthy relationships with caring adults.

Black Entertainment Television is the home of the Black Entertainment television network that is devoted to showing black life and black culture. Among the useful links on the site is a health page which focuses on health issues within the black community. The Health page has a cancer center, women’s health page, and Diabetes center among others.

Black Excel
Black excel provides information for black high school students and their families about the college process. It gives links to scholarships for minorities and comprehensive information about getting into colleges.

Black Family and Child Services of Arizona (BCSF)
Empower families to meet the economic, social and emotional challenges of daily living and to improve their quality of life. Enable youths to develop positive aspirations and motivation and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to become productive, self-sufficient adults. Act as an advocate for children and families so their needs, hopes and aspirations are heard and understood by the larger community. Take a leadership role in working toward solutions for social, economic and educational problems that threaten the well being of children and youth. Develop working partnerships with public institutions, private corporations and community organizations, agencies and individuals to ensure that children and youth have the opportunity, encouragement and support to become responsible, productive and self-sufficient adults.

Black Girls Rock! Inc.
Black Girls Rock! Inc. is a mentoring outreach program targeting “at risk” teenage women of color.  This charity has been established to promote the arts and to encourage dialogue about the images of women in hip-hop music & culture, as well as promote analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in main-stream media.  One of the goals of the organization is to combat the psychological effects of the disproportionate number of negative images of black women depicted in the media and make a difference in the lives of young women of color who are most affected by this one sided imagery.  By raising awareness and offering support through discussion, education, counseling, internships, mentoring and advocacy, Black Girls Rock! Inc. seeks to build the self-esteem and self worth of these young ladies thereby changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons and helping them to empower themselves.

Black History Society
The Black History Society is an Ontario based organization that provides information about black history and research. It gives information to schools and students about education programming concerning black history.

The Black Parent Group
The Black Parent Group is a non profit organization that seeks to provide culturally specific workshops to help parents and guardians, connect families to local resources, provide a safe place for parents to gain support, address the underlying issues of the achievement gap, help prevent violence in the community, increase parental involvement, provide basic needs to families, provide mentoring to families, encourage community involvement and volunteerism, assist in building an African American marketplace and center of hope, provide opportunities for children to participate in artistic expression.

Black Professionals Associations Charitable Foundation
The mission of the BPA Charitable Foundation is “To expand and maximize the social, cultural and educational opportunities of African Americans.”

Black Public Media is an online destination for free video streaming and distribution of new media related to the global black experience. Here you can watch free full-length streams of select documentaries, purchase to own engaging downloads, DVDs, and more, even subscribe to a variety of blogs, vodcasts, and podcasts.

Black Youth Vote
This is a website that is aimed at empowering and engaging young people ages 18-35 build political power through civic participation in the political process. This organization does training in civic education, leadership, and campaign development, other tactics to influence public policy.

Black Youth Vote! (Ohio coalition on Black Civic Participation)
BYV! is youth led and dedicated to educating young voters in the Black community who are increasingly disenfranchised and alienated from the electoral and legislative process. Through civic education, leadership development and training, BYV! works to educate youth and young adults on how to identify issues and ways to influence public policy.

Blocks Together
Blocks Together is a multi-issue grassroots organizing group on Chicago’s West side. The Blocks Together Youth Council is interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline by organizing to replace zero tolerance discipline with Restorative Justice approaches in schools.

Boston Urban Youth Foundation
Boston Urban Youth Foundation’s mission is to help at-risk youth develop spiritually, emotionally, academically, and economically.

Boston Urban Youth Foundation serves over 500 youth ages 11-18 from the Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods of Boston. BUYF uniquely combines case management, incarnational mentoring, academic skill-building, vision casting, and positive peer group experiences to build positive futures, one kid at a time. BUYF motivates, mobilizes and equips at-risk youth toward college and a positive future. BUYF partners with parents, schools, courts, and police. BUYF’s in-school and after-school integrated approach involves caring adults in the lives of young people. So that they can fulfill their God-given potential.

Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas
Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas believe every child has the potential to be great. In support of this strong conviction, Clubs strive to build caring, responsible citizens. The Boys and Girls Club family, a community of staff, volunteers, parents, youth and supporters – work together to create a positive place, full of hope and opportunity, for every child.

Boys and Girls Club of Chicago
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) has over 30 clubs, as well as head start/child care sites, licensed after-school programs, and an office of employment that provides services for greater Chicago and its southern suburbs. During non-school hours, each club provides a safe, clean, and well-supervised environment where members can participate in programs that include health and nutrition education, literacy, childcare, computer education, after-school tutoring, team sports, and character and leadership development.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington
Youth in the National Capital region face some of the most challenging odds in the United States. They rank at the wrong end of the scale in graduation rates, teen pregnancy, crime, obesity, gang activity, etc. To counter these challenges, BGCGW offers holistic programming to give our children and teens the support and guidance they need to succeed.

Boys and Girls Clubs of King County
Our Mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those needs us moth, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.  We want to reach deeper into the lives of the youth we serve by impacting them in a lasting, and comprehensive way.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix (BGCMP) has a very proud and triumphant history. In 1946, the BGCMP opened its first two Clubs in the Valley. Today, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix provides services to more than 32,250 boys and girls annually, operating a total of 12 clubhouses throughout the central and west area Valley, a full-service dental clinic and outreach services.

Boys & Girls Club of Springfield
The primary mission of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield is to enhance the quality of life for youth as participating members of a richly diverse society. With special concern for the disadvantaged, the Boys & Girls Club helps youth to help themselves realize their potential for growth and development. Basing its program on member and community involvement and a recognized role as spokesman for youth, the Boys & Girls Club is aware of the influences of the total environment and so provides youth with relevant, everyday various and diversified individual and group services.

Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a lineup of tested and proven nationally recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life. More than 25 national programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics.

Build Inc.
The BUILD Model facilitates our most intensive work with youth to develop personal competencies, strengthen commitment to education and community service, and develop stable, productive members and leaders in their communities. Implementation of The BUILD Model begins with identification of youth who may be gang affiliated, delinquent, and/or encountering risk factors including gangs, violence, substance abuse, truancy, poor academic performance, or other negative influences that stem from their schools and communities. These youth are recruited and/or referred in the schools and on the streets to BUILD Core Groups, where they are engaged in activities designed to reduce risk-taking behaviors, set and reach educational and career goals, promote positive impact on peers, and encourage school retention and college/career prep.

Building Movement Project
The Building Movement Project works to strengthen the role of US nonprofit organizations as sites of democratic practice and to advance ways nonprofits can significantly contribute to building movement for progressive social change.

BYOP: Boston Area Youth Organizing Project
We are an organization of youth, led by youth and supported by adults, who are united by a common purpose: to increase youth power and create positive social change. To do this, we develop counter-cultural values, build relationships across differences, train and develop leaders, identify key issues of concern and take action for justice. Our goals are to improve the lives of young people, increase real political participation and build community.

By The Hand Club for Kids
By The Hand is an after-school program with an emphasis on academics and a commitment to nurturing the whole child—mind, body and soul. Founded in Cabrini-Green and located strategically throughout some of Chicago’s most impoverished inner-city communities, where overcrowded and underfunded schools abound. By The Hand is filling a special need—and with great success. Kids are saying no to drugs, gang violence and teenage pregnancy. They are rejecting illiteracy and poverty as a way of life. Instead, they are developing into honor-roll students and changing the trajectory of their lives. When you partner with By The Hand, you are helping kids realize their full potential. In doing so, you are making a difference for generations to come.

Camp Fire USA
Camp Fire USA Alaska Council’s programs build caring, confident youth and future leaders through school-based child care, community centers in low- income neighborhoods, resident and day camps and a rural Alaska program that brings camp counselors to remote villages for summer programs. All programs provide a safe, nurturing and enriching environment in which youth grow and learn.

Camp Fire serves over 5,000 youth each year, with over 1,000 participants in our School Age Child Care program each day. Many youth also spend their summers with us through day camps, residential camps and our Rural Alaska Program. Not only do youth benefit from the agency’s programs, but families are supported through year-round programming and the addition of trained, caring adult mentors in the lives of their children.

Campus Progress
Campus Progress, part of the Center for American Progress, works to help young people–advocates, activists, journalists, artists–make their voices heard on issues that matter.  Through an online magazine and student publications, public events, multimedia projects, and grassroots issue campaigns, Campus Progress acts to empower new progressive leaders nationwide as they develop fresh ideas, communicate in new ways, push policy outcomes in a progressive direction, an build a strong progressive movement.

Capital City Youth Services
All of our programs focus on reaching out and helping youth and families who have found themselves in situations beyond their control. Capital City Youth Services offers counseling and outreach services to youth and their families, and emergency shelter services to youth in crisis. Services offered include outreach and prevention in the community, short-term residential care, case management, counseling (individual, family and group) and aftercare.

Catalyst Chicago
Catalyst Chicago is an independent newsmagazine created in 1990 to document, analyze and support school-improvement efforts in the Chicago Public Schools. It is published by the Community Renewal Society (CRS), a nonprofit organization founded in 1882 that works to create racially and economically just communities. Catalyst Chicago believes all children should have high-quality learning opportunities that meet their needs. Catalyst Chicago holds itself accountable to the highest standards of journalism while holding educators, policy makers and other decision makers accountable for the impact of their actions on children’s learning.

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
CAPS conducts research on methods to prevent HIV infection and its consequences. They collaborate with other academic researchers, public health professionals and other organizations. The organization also contributes to local, national and international policy making concerning the HIV epidemic. The website provides extensive information about HIV prevention, statistics, research and news on the epidemic in the national and international sphere. It also provides tools and materials for other researchers to create surveys and begin studying HIV rates in other areas. CAPS has an extensive library of past as well as ongoing projects that they have dedicated themselves to.

Center for Disease Control
The Center for Disease control is a government organization that compiles statistical information concerning health issues within the United States and uses this information to improve and respond to health emergencies. The website provides useful tips to remain healthy and resources for public health. The Office of Minority Health highlights health issues specific to various minority populations and gives comprehensive data about rates of infectious diseases among racial and ethnic groups.

Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context
We are pleased to introduce the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC), a new center at the University of Michigan that focuses on research and action related to the social, psychological, and educational development of African American children and youth.

Chad Groth Children’s Foundation
The program admits youth ages 8 through 18 of all backgrounds. The Youth All-Stars Program provides urban kids in metropolitan communities across America an opportunity to become youth All-Stars. All-Stars take part in weekly activities held at local area parks, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s and local area school facilities. The All-Stars program gives high achieving urban young people a program that boosts their potential to even higher levels and youth at risk an opportunity to change their lives. The program will be expanded to serve additional metropolitan areas beginning year two.

Changing Worlds
Changing Worlds envisions communities that advance the use of personal stories and the arts as vehicles to honor the richness of its diverse cultures and foster a greater appreciation and respect of cultural differences. Changing Worlds believes in the inclusion and acceptance of the differences and perspectives of others, the power of art and personal stories to change perceptions and nurture connections, the ability to affect social change through teachers and young people.

Chicago Area Project
The Chicago Area Project (CAP is a private, not-for-profit organization with a distinguished history and demonstrable track record of over sixty years of work in delinquency prevention and service in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. The original mission of CAP has not changed since its inception:To work toward the prevention and eradication of juvenile delinquency through the development and support of affiliated local community self-help efforts, in communities where the need is greatest.

Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention
The Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention brings together researchers, community representatives, practitioners and policy makers committed to understanding and reducing youth violence in poor, inner-city communities in Chicago—communities with some of the highest rates of youth violence in the country. The core work of the center is guided by the perspective that the most effective way to combat youth violence is to coordinate empirical “pre-intervention” work designed to understand the risk and development of such violence and to rigorously evaluate preventive interventions conducted both under tightly controlled conditions (i.e., randomized control efficacy trials) and in real world settings (i.e., effectiveness trials). Understanding that context is central to the work of the center is meaningful, in that the characteristics of the neighborhood and community are important in both reducing risk of youth violence and developing effective interventions.

Chicago Freedom School
The Chicago Freedom School provides a space where young people and adult allies can study the work of past movements, deepen their understanding of current social problems, build new coalitions and develop strategies for change. We support new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world.

Chicago Lights – Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy
Free Write seeks to reduce recidivism and help students find meaningful pathways to self-expression and further education through daily writing and arts workshops. The skills the students acquire through the study, critique and creation of poetry and fiction help them to make meaning of their own stories and to connect with the stories of others.

Chicago Youth Centers
CYC welcomes at-risk, low-income youth ages 3-18 into eight neighborhood-based centers and a residential camp where they receive one-on-one and small group guidance from well-trained, caring adults. Our centers and unique camp are oases of encouragement and support for children from neighborhoods where violence, despair, and failure are the norm.

Chicago Youth Program
For youth living in the underserved communities of Cabini Green, Washington Park, and Uptown, CYP represents hope. Through a primarily volunteer staff, we empower youth to reach their full potential by providing tutoring programs, free health-care, recreational opportunities, cultural activities, and career placement services that promote whole-child development.

Chicago Youth Voices Network
The Chicago Youth Voices Network is a collaborative of youth media professionals working together to strengthen the field of youth media.By gathering leaders together for peer learning, advocacy and joint projects, the Chicago Youth Voices Network works to amplify the voices of our city’s young people, so that the important stories they tell through the media they create can catalyze positive change in their own lives and the communities in which they live.

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement conducts, collects, and funds research on the civic and political participation of young Americans. CIRCLE is based in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Circle of Discipline
Circle of Discipline mission is to provide youth and young adults with alternative programs and enrichment activities that address their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs—360 degrees of balance, which empowers them to reach their full potential and become positive leaders in their communities, cities, state, and in a global society.

City Kitchen
City Kitchen is a cooking and gardening program for urban youth. Our mission to teach urban students how to grow, harvest and prepare nutritional foodstuffs in an effort to promote healthier food choices as well as skills needed to sustain themselves and their environment.

City Year
City Year Washington, DC unites young people, ages 17 to 24, from all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world.  As tutors, mentors, and role models, these young leaders make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods across DC. You can make a difference in the lives of children growing up in Washington, DC by joining City Year.

Close-Up Foundation
For four decades, we have inspired students from all walks of life to become informed and active citizens. Every person in the Close Up family is dedicated to this noble purpose. This includes our staff, our Boards, our national network of dedicated teachers, our 700,000 alumni, and our partners and funders such as the U.S. Congress, the Department of Education, the Department of Interior, the Freedom Forum, C-SPAN, the Center on Congress and Bank of America. Our students and teachers are a diverse group – coming from every state and territory and several other countries. They hail from a variety of ethnic, cultural, racial and economic backgrounds. This diversity greatly enhances the learning that takes place on our programs.

Coalition of Communities of Color
The Coalition of Communities of Color addresses the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children, and communities. The Coalition organizes our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice, and prosperity.

COFI (Community Organizing and Family Issues)
COFI works to build the power and voice of low–income and working families at all levels of civic life. Through our intensive and systematic leadership development and organizing process, parents develop skills, confidence, and the organized power to win improvements in schools, communities, and public policies.

Columbia Links
Columbia Links is a journalism skills-building and leadership development program for youth and teachers in Chicago Public Schools, housed at Columbia College Chicago. Through workshops, mentoring, and the creation of youth-produced publications, Links works to build expertise, relationships, skills and opportunities that connect students, teachers and volunteers through journalism, in the process revitalizing youth media in Chicago.

Columbus Urban League
The Columbus Urban League’s mission is to enable African Americans and disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

Community Empowerment Association
Community Empowerment Association is founded on the basic belief that families develop best in a community with a sense of order, positive social interaction, and opportunities supported by positive adults. It is our aim and commitment to work with individuals and families to build, foster and empower the African-American community through jobs, education, housing, economic development, and family support services.

Community Justice for Youth Institute
CJYI has provided intensive 4-day peacemaking circle trainings to more than 300 people in Chicago, throughout Illinois, and nationwide.  CJYI provides support to schools and community organizations seeking to implement restorative justice practices. We also work with staff of social justice organizations to promote healing, communication, team-building, and creating safe spaces for having difficult conversations within the organization. We advocate for community based restorative justice as a way to eliminate racial disparities in the juvenile justice system and restorative practices as a way to stop the school-to-jail pipeline.

COMPUGIRLS is a culturally relevant technology program for adolescent (grades 8-12) girls from under-resourced school districts in the Greater Phoenix area. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, COMPUGIRLS provides fun summer and after-school classes where participants learn the latest technologies in digital media, games, and virtual worlds and become a voice for social justice and change in the world.

Concerned Black Men of Richmond
The Richmond chapter of Concerned Black Men (CBM-R) was formed in December 1986 by a group of men who saw a need to eliminate negative stereotypes and influences, such as youth violence, black on black crime, high murder rates, drugs and youth imprisonment in the lives of youth in the Richmond Community. Thus the goal of CBM-R is to serve as a mechanism for providing positive models and mentors to the youth in the Richmond Metropolitan Community. It is through this goal that CBM-R meets its mission of giving back to the community, particularly the communities’ (our) youth.

Concerned Black Men of Washington D.C
CBM’s vision was to fill the void of positive black male role models in many communities by providing mentors and programs that affirmed the care and discipline that all youth need, while providing opportunities for academic and career enrichment.

Concerned Black Men Inc. Philadelphia Chapter
Concerned black men strives to develop and present youth in our community, particularly African American male youth, with programs and activities that motivate, educate and build self-esteem.

CORE Caucus of Rank and File Educators
The Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) is a group of dedicated teachers, retirees, Paraprofessional School Related Personnel (PSRPs), parents, community members and other champions of public education. We fight for equitable public education and hope to improve the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) so that it fights both on behalf of its members and on behalf of Chicago’s students.

Davey D is a website devoted to hip hop history and culture. It contains articles, music related information, an online radio, a message board and other useful links to information related to hip hop and the music industry.

Developing and Inspiring Virtue in the African American Sisterhood. Creating and maintaining a sisterly bond between black women, through mentoring on a academic as well as social basis.

Do Something
Do Something believes you have the power to make a difference. It is our aim to inspire, support and celebrate a generation of doers: people who see the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. At we provide the tools and resources for you to convert your ideas and energy into positive action. Be part of a generation of doers.

Dreamgirls Mentoring
Dream Girls Mentoring Program, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. This program was designed to uplift, empower and educate teen mothers.  Dream Girls’ purpose is to instill positive self images that will enable young women to be confident and successful.

Each One Reach Out
Each One Reach One diverts incarcerated youth from a life in prison to become productive community members through mentor-based performing arts and academic tutoring programs.

Each One Reach One (EORO) has both paid and volunteer positions. We pay mentors, who work daily during our two-week programs (35-hour commitment), and we ask professional actors to volunteer in performing our young writers’ plays (a half-day commitment). In addition we seek volunteers to help EORO design its show programs, raise funds, plan events, provide office support and maintain its website.

East Cleveland Neighborhood Center
The Neighborhood Center, a non-profit organization is an accredited member of the United Neighborhood Center of America, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Center Association, and United Way Services.

Education for Liberation
We are a national coalition of teachers, community activists, youth, researchers and parents who believe a good education should teach people—particularly low-income youth and youth of color—to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face.

Education Partnership for Children of Conflict
We work with our partners to find places where, with extra resources, the partners can make a real difference in the lives of children living with the effects of conflict or natural disaster. These organizations let us know how they can expand access to school, improve the quality of learning, or give students who would not have the chance to go to high school or college the support they need. Then we connect them to sources that can provide the funding needed.

ELCA Youth Gathering
We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

ELEVATE Urban Youth
The Elevate project seeks to equip faith-based organizations working with urban youth to recognize the value of economic literary education, effectively teach principles of economic literacy and financial life skills, and to excite kids and teens about entrepreneurship.

Eugene Bowman Economic Empowerment Center
The Eugene Bowman Economic Empowerment Center is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization and was established in 1996. The Center creates programs and projects for children, their families and those who support’s them. With respect for healthy emotional, social and intellectual development is what’s important to us. We are dedicated to providing the information, support, and connections that families need to survive. Our programs also provide parents and children with strong defenses against environmental risk factors by teaching appropriate skills for personal growth, family enhancement, and interpersonal communication.

Faith in Communities-Elevate Urban Youth Progrm
Ele:Vate (Economic Literacy Education: Vital Assets for Transformation and Empowerment) is a multi-partner initiative to train urban youth workers to educate and inspire young people about financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

The Federation for Community Schools
The Federation for Community Schools works to bring together individuals and organizations who support community schools throughout Illinois.  Through collaboration, we promote policies that support quality full service community schools, serve as a clearinghouse of community school best practices and facilitate the professional networking of community school practitioners. Community schools have clearly demonstrated that by breaking down barriers between schools and their community residents, great things can happen for students, parents, and the entire community.  Speaking with one voice, the Federation and its members educate policymakers and the general public about the impressive outcomes of community schools throughout Illinois.

FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City.  We develop politically conscious leaders who are invested in improving ourselves and our communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. FIERCE is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice movement leaders who are dedicated to ending all forms of oppression.

The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.

Free Spirit Media
Free Spirit Media partners with schools and organizations to provide education, access, and opportunity in media production to under-served urban youth. Through hands-on production of their own media content, participants build life skills in communication, critical and independent thinking, teamwork, and the use of technology. Believing that youth perspectives are a critical element of American culture, Free Spirit Media actively distributes student work to a range of audiences.

Freestate ChalleNGe Academy Maryland
The Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy is one of the 10 original states to begin a ChalleNGe Program. It is endorsed by the State of Maryland and is in a cooperative agreement between The Maryland National Guard and the National Guard Bureau. The academy is located on the Main Post of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, Maryland. The Academy is a tuition free  program which offers at-risk adolescents16 to 18 years old(some 19 year olds may qualify) an opportunity to change their future in many ways, culminating with the opportunity to obtain a Maryland High School Diploma.

Future Majority
Future Majority is a blog dedicated to covering the involvement of young voters in progressive politics.  The site was founded in August of 2006 by Michael Connery, Alex Urevick-Acklesberg, and Josh Koenig.

The site features original reporting on progressive youth organizing, polling analysis, opinion pieces, and guest blogs by leaders in the progressive youth movement.

Future Stars, Inc.
The organization primarily serves underprivileged students who have been identified by school officials as “At-Risk” and those students who have a desire to learn computer technology and/or a desire to play intercollegiate sports.

Gary Comer Youth Center
The Gary Comer Youth Center offers positive extracurricular alternatives in a welcoming and safe environment. Our mission is to provide the support for all of our students to graduate from high school, prepared to pursue college and careers. The Youth Center draws its primary membership from youth on Chicago’s South side. In addition, the Youth Center offers numerous special events and activities open to the broader public throughout the year.

Gender Just
Based in Chicago, Gender Justice United for Societal Transformation (Gender JUST) is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational grassroots organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied (LGBTQA) young people, LGBTQA people of color, and LGBTQA grassroots folks developing leadership and building power through organizing.

Generation Change
Generation Change recruits, trains and supports tomorrow’s grassroots organizers and leaders to confront the challenges of poverty and injustice in the 21st Century.

Georgia Teen Challenge
At Teen Challenge Georgia International, our philosophy is simple: every human being has value and life-controlling behavior can be changed. For more than thirty years we have offered help for troubled teens and adults. This philosophy has been our bedrock as we have helped families like yours change life-controlling behavior.

Girls, Inc.
Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.

Girls Inc. of Memphis
The goal of our program is to allow each girl to develop her ability to become a responsible confident adult. Through programming that focuses on economic stability, healthy personal choices and educational opportunities, each girl is able to realize her own potential. Our programs are age appropriate and progressive and apply to six core competency areas. These services are offered at our local centers after-school and during the summer.

Go Ask Alice.Com
Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University’s Health Promotion Program—a division of Health Services at Columbia.

God’s Gang
God’s Gang is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening the residents of the community with an all volunteer, staff. God’s Gang supports a variety of activities that enable youth and adults to choose a life of self-help at the same time they contribute to strengthening their community. The youth are engaged in urban agricultural and landscaping activities, as well as African dance and crafts.

Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME)
G.A.ME was conceptualized in December of 2001 with the belief that artists in Hip-Hop would be instrumental in redirecting economic resources to poor communities such as the Bronx and its Congressional District #16. Our purpose is to empower artists and community members to become activists and community organizers in the poorest neighborhoods of color to address social and economic injustices. G.A.ME builds youth leadership, creates access to quality healthcare, and protects artist rights.

Greater New Orleans Rebuild Child Care Collaborative
Founded in 1993, New Orleans Outreach improves the quality of public education in New Orleans by bringing together volunteers and other resources to provide desperately needed after-school classes, tutoring, reading programs, teacher assistance, and parent support teams to several schools.  Outreach staff work with principals, teachers, parents and students to identify the needs and improvement goals of each particular school and then craft and implement volunteer-based programs in response to these needs and goals.

Harlem Children’s Zone
The Harlem Children’s Zone is an innovative and unique community-based organization, offering education, social-service and community-building programs to children and families since 1970.

The HerShe Group empowers young women in foster care and those that have been recently emancipated to make a successful transition from adolescence to adult independence and to realize their full potential by exposing them to extraordinary experiences through the arts, mentorship, discovery and training.

High Jump
Welcome to the High Jump website! Since 1989, High Jump has provided innovative support to help students achieve their full academic and leadership potential. Participating in High Jump is a life changing experience for students, their families and their community. High Jump has made it possible for over 750 deserving young students to be prepared for, and to succeed in, some of the most challenging college preparatory high school’s in the country. We are proud of the work that we do for talented middle-school children in the city of Chicago and salute the teachers, Trustees, and staff for deploying effective programs that have made High Jump what it is today.

Hip-Hop Caucus
The Hip-Hop Caucus is an organization focused on urban poverty, urban planning, climate change, healthcare, public education, and criminal justice.  It organizes urban communities to participate in elections, policy making, and service projects.

Hip-Hop Congress
The Hip-Hop Congress is a non-profit organization that provides the Hip-Hop Generation and the Post Hip-Hop Generation with resources and opportunities to make social, economic and political change on a local, regional and national level. Hip-Hop Congress is the product of  a merger of artists and students, music and community.

Hip-Hop Site.Com
Hip-Hop Site.Com provides reviews and information on new and classic hip-hop music. This site also provides forums discussing all aspects of hip-hop.

Hooked on Drums
Hooked On Drums™ brings the upbeat, inspiring rhythms of African djembe drumming from the Malinke people in Guinea , West Africa to kids in urban Chicago. We offer Hooked On Drums classes and youth drum performances through the Chicago Park District, local schools and community organizations.

I wanna know
Provides information and answers to questions about sexually transmitted diseases among teens. It also contains useful statistics and forums.

Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health
The ICAH’s primary mission is “to promote a positive approach to adolescent sexual health and comprehensive support for young parents”. The Caucus provides support for youth leaders, develops policy analysis, advocates and trains youth and adults. In November 2004, the ICAH issued a study of sex education found in Illinois public schools. The results can be found at

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
INCITE! is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and their communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.

It’s Getting Hot in Here
It’s Getting Hot in Here is the voice of a growing movement, a collection of voices from the student and youth leaders of the global movement to stop global warming.  Originally created by youth leaders to allow youth to report from the International Climate Negotiations in Montreal, It’s Getting Hot in Here has since grown into a global online community, with over 100 writers from countries around the world.

Jabez B.E.A.T.S the Streets
Our purpose is to engage youth in a Christian setting that integrates Biblical teaching and parental involvement. Our programs and activities nurture and support academic success, build character and integrity, and promote the overall well being of our youth. JMI strives to provide comprehensive and customized academic, social, mental, physical and vocational programs to meet the needs of our participants. Our work is done in collaboration with our community partners; our goal is to give youth an alternative to the social injustices that confront them daily, and aid them in becoming productive and successful members of their community.

Jamal Place, Inc.
Jamal Place, Inc. is a Nonprofit child welfare agency located in Chicago’s North Lawndale community provides a therapeutic group home program for preteen and adolescent boys who are wards of the state. Founded in 1993 by a group of educators and social service professionals, Jamal Place grew from an idea formed by five individuals, to a safe, loving and supportive home where children can thrive. This home, located at 1335 S. California Avenue in Chicago, opened its doors to serve abused and neglected boys in July 1995. In April 2002, Jamal Place expanded its program services to help older adolescent males by opening the DeAngelis House Transitional Living program. The boys and young men Jamal Place, Inc. serves are making remarkable improvements in their emotional, behavioral and academic functioning.

Jobs for Youth
Jobs For Youth/Chicago helps young men and women from low-income families become a part of the economic mainstream; and, in the process, provides the business community with motivated job-ready workers. Jobs For Youth is a free program for teens and young adults ages 17 to 24.

Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri
The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri (JLKCMO) is a 501(c)(3) organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Justice By Uniting in Creative Energy (J.U.I.C.E)
Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (J.U.I.C.E.), a project of Community Partners, is a non-profit weekly hip hop arts program that seeks to develop youth leadership and technical skills, creative expression and self-confidence through the artistic elements of hip hop which include breakdancing, urban art, deejaying, emceeing/spoken word and music recording.

Justice for D.C Youth
Our vision is to help build and sustain a political climate in DC that is youth friendly. We are seeking to enhance the quality of life for our young people and their families by ensuring that they have access to a fair and equitable juvenile justice system, as well as quality services- education, employment, aftercare, mental health, etc. We believe that it is our responsibility to educate, mobilize and organize our youth to serve as key constituents in our fight for justice.

Juvenile Justice Coalition
The Juvenile Justice Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote effective programs, equitable treatment of youth, and public policy that will result in the reduction of juvenile delinquency. The Coalition is committed to providing current research and statistics, training opportunities and a forum to communicate with the government, community organizations and the general public on matters related to juvenile justice.

Kaiser Family Foundation
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds and privately researches major health care issues in the United States. The website provides statistical as well as analytical results of a wide range of surveys dealing with a broad range of health care issues. Among the useful links on the site include a minority health page, an AIDS/HIV link, and ayouth and HIV/STD’s resource page.

Kansas City Urban Youth Center
The mission of the Kansas City Urban Youth Center is to offer Christian hope, community, and wholeness to urban youth. We empower youth with resources to develop faith, character, knowledge, and skills.

Keep A Child Alive Foundation
Keep a Child Alive is dedicated to providing life-saving anti-retroviral treatment, care and support services to children and families whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

Kids Health
KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents—each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are thousands of in-depth features, articles, animations, games, and resources—all original and all developed by experts in the health of children and teens.

Kulture Klub Collaborative
Kulture Klub Collaborative is an independent nonprofit arts organization that brings together artists and homeless teens at YouthLink/Project OffStreets, a crisis drop-in center- located in downtown Minneapolis. Through workshops, open mics, cultural presentations, and “art views,” homeless teens develop their creative expression, receive exposure to artistic excellence, and enter into a group of peers, supportive adults, and diverse social communities.

League of Young Voters
The League of Young Voters, founded in 2003, is an organization that seeks to encourage young people nationwide to participate in the political process and create progressive political change on the local, state, and national level – with a focus on non-college youth as well as young people from low-income backgrounds and communities of color.

LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
Interdenominational and inter-generational movement for equality and inclusion for LGBT same gender loving people of African Descent. A membership group of clergy, divinity students, lay leaders and members of Black congregations throughout the City. We are a movement for visibility, education and action. We are an educational and advocacy membership organization.

Little Black Pearl
The mission of Little Black Pearl is to create opportunities for youth and adults to deepen their creative involvement through the arts, cultivate their entrepreneurial skills and use the arts as a means for economic empowerment and community transformation.

LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services
DYS has been serving youth in the City of Birmingham for over 15 years. In 1992, a Youth Advisory Commission was formed to address teen pregnancy, education and illiteracy, youth gang violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and unemployment problems affecting Birmingham’s youth. From this Commission, the City of Birmingham’s Division of Youth Services (DYS) was created. The Division’s role was to develop an approach to address these and other issues directly impacting our city’s youth population.

Mayor’s Youth Program
The Mayor’s Youth Program is a program that will help with hands-on assistance in planning for for life after high school. As Atlanta Public School seniors, their dreams are important to us, so whether they go to college, technical school, join the military or the workforce, we want to help them with their decision.

Measure Y
Measure Y – the Violence Prevention and Public Safety Act of 2004 creates a safe Oakland by dramatically reducing violence among youth and adults. The Measure Y network weaves together social services, nonprofits, police, employment, schools, criminal justice, faith based agencies and community members at the neighborhood level to address the symptoms of violence.

Memphis Black Arts Alliance
Our programs are designed to offer easy and affordable access to high quality cultural instruction and arts programming which: instills pride, discipline, reflection, positive action on social issues; improves cognitive and social skills; develops talent and offers arts-related job training; encourages and promotes entrepreneurship in the arts; and, promotes harmony and appreciation of diversity within and outside the black community.

Memphis Athletic Ministries
Memphis Athletic Ministries, better known as “MAM,” runs year-round youth sport programs that emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. The purpose of MAM is to use organized athletics to mentor youth in order to reduce destructive behavior, improve health, increase academic performance and grow spiritually. MAM currently has six locations throughout urban Memphis which offer a variety of programs to attract youth. While MAM is best-known for its huge recreational basketball leagues, they also utilize golf, flag football and soccer programs to attract youth.

Memphis Leadership Foundation, Inc.
As a leading faith-based nonprofit organization in the City of Memphis, MLF is committed to the empowerment of grassroots faith-based and community organizations. This award reflects the administration’s recognition that faith-based and community organizations are uniquely situated to partner with the government in serving under-resourced and low-income individuals and families, particularly those with the greatest needs. It is Memphis Leadership Foundation’s goal to empower non-profit organizations to increase their effectiveness, enhance their ability to provide holistic services in under-served communities, expand their organizational capacity, diversify their funding sources, and create collaborations to better serve those in need.

Metro Chicago Youth for Christ
Youth for Christ’s mission is to participate in the body of Christ in the responsible evangelism of youth presenting them with the person, works, and teachings of Jesus Christ and discipling them into a local church.

Mikva Challenge
Mikva Challenge develops the next generation of civic leaders, activists and policy-makers. We do this by providing young people with opportunities to actively participate in the political process, because we believe that the best way to learn leadership and to learn democracy is to experience both.

Minneapolis CARES
NCMM’s mission is to create a highly visible and effective national mentoring campaign targeting the Black community. The specific goals of the Minneapolis CARES Mentoring Movement are to bring guidance to the lives of youngsters by pairing them with organizations that offer mentoring services and programs and to significantly increase the pool of caring Black mentors.

Minneapolis Urban League Young Professionals
The MULYP is a newly established organization representing the future.  We are not only the future of the Urban League movement, but our members represent the future of this country.  Our members are The MULYP is dedicated to hosting programs/seminars and networking opportunities to educate youth in our community, economic development and financial literacy, civic engagement and leadership, healthcare and quality of life, and civil rights and racial justice.

Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board promotes the health, safety, education and overall development of Minneapolis youth.  The 10-member YCB board collaborates with elected officials to develop policies that serve our city’s young people. The YCB partners with the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board, the Hennepin County Public Library and the Minneapolis Public Schools. Together, we bring you and your kids activities, resources and support.

Miss Believe
We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the self perception of adolescent girls in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  We empower and uplift girls to become the best they can be within their lives despite various circumstances. We provide programs that interactively install high self esteem and goal setting behavior within girls. We base our principles on everyday woman who have accomplished numerous goals and broken many barriers in their lives to become successful. We feel it is our duty to provide structural guidance to girls and help them reach their destiny regardless of obstacles that may come their way. We invest our time in today’s young females to create powerful women of the future!

MNN Youth Channel
MNN Youth Channel is a division of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) serving young people below the age of 25. Established in 2000, MNN Youth Channel aims to give youth, of all backgrounds, the opportunity to create community media, foster dialogue, and engage in social change.

Morning Star Youth Academy
VisionQuest’s Morning Star Youth Academy is a residential program that provides education and treatment services for young men ages 13-18 with behavioral and psycho-social concerns, including substance abuse. The program is designed to address both the current presenting problems of the youth along with the underlying issues that have led to the maladaptive behaviors. The goal is to establish the youth on a more positive, pro-social path that will lead to maturation into successful adulthood.

Music Television is the Music Television networks home for information about music, youth, health and a variety of issues concerning youth culture. The sexual health page provides information about LGBTQ health, sex education, drug use and other youth related issues. The Discrimination page discusses interactions between minority groups, and is a useful resource in dealing with discrimination.

NAACP Youth & College
In 1935, during the NAACP’s St. Louis Convention, a passionate and determined youth delegate, Juanita E. Jackson, challenged the leadership of the Association to create a department that focused on the growing concerns of Black youth in America. Through her intelligent leadership, the National Board of Directors passed a resolution creating the NAACP Youth & College Division and named Ms. Jackson its first Youth Secretary in March of 1936. Today, it is evident that the NAACP is an organization that has developed many powerful, intelligent, young people who are destined to change the world. Our young people must embrace the urgency and dedication exhibited by those same young people in 1936.

NAACP Youth Council
The mission of the NAACP Youth & College Division shall be to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, education, social and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color’s contribution to civilization; and to develop an intelligent, militant effective youth leadership.

National Youth Rights Association
The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) defends the civil and human rights of young people in the United States through educating people about youth rights, empowering young people to work on their own behalf in defense of their rights, and taking positive steps to lessen the burden of ageism. We believe certain basic rights are intrinsic parts of American citizenship and transcend age or status limits.

Neo Black Cinema
NeoBlack Cinema is an online Independent Film Magazine for People of Color founded by Crystyn C. Wright and Abdul Ali, and currently based out of New York City. The magazine highlights films and the people, production and politics involved in the filmmaking process.

Our sections also feature books, equipment, financing, reviews and commentary. We cover established filmmakers, up and coming filmmakers, and  the lifestyle of the filmmaker. With online voting, expert advice, film festival coverage and in depth articles on the challenges of the business, NeoBlack Cinema encourages even lay film aficionados to join the black indie film experience.

New Lens
New Lens is a youth driven social justice organization that makes art and media about issues where a youth perspective can inspire change. This year we are working on issues of justice, health and education and will impact over 200 youth throughout the year. We invite you to participate in our work through viewing and responding to our projects online.

New Orleans Saints Youth Programs
The New Orleans Saints Youth Programs Department is dedicated to serving and promoting youth initiatives through highly structured and positive programs designed especially for the youth of the Gulf South region. The New Orleans Saints  remain dedicated and committed to the people that comprise the entire Gulf South region and proudly represent the city of New Orleans.

Our Kids Atlanta
Our goal is to equip at-risk and underprivileged youth with the skills, abilities, and the sense of self-worth they’ll need to make good life decisions about education, career, family and relationships, and also to buffer them from the risk factors that threaten their progression into productive adulthood – factors such as the easy availability of drugs, physical abuse and neglect, neighborhood violence, poverty and low neighborhood attachment, negative peer pressure, and early academic failure, to name a few.

Overtown Youth Center
The Overtown Youth Center was the vision of local real estate developer Martin Z. Margulies. Through the Margulies Foundation, he built the Overtown Youth Center with the support of Alonzo Mourning in hopes of creating a safe haven for the children in Overtown. Opening in early 2003, the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) is a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Miami’s inner city. The Center co-locates academic and recreational activities in a safe environment, working with children, families, and schools from grade 2 to graduation. We offer in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer programs that include academic enhancement, physical fitness, health care and nutrition, creative arts, prevention, character-building, and family-oriented activities, including parent orientation.

Pacific Educational Group
PEG helps educators focus on heightening their awareness of institutional racism and developing effective strategies for closing the achievement gap in their classrooms, schools and communities. We provide cutting-edge, individualized and comprehensive support for school districts in the form of leadership training, coaching and consulting. “At Pacific Educational Group we believe Systemic Racism is the most devastating factor contributing to the diminished capacity of all children, especially black children, to achieve at the highest levels, and contributes to the fracturing of the communities that nurture and support them.”

Peace in the Hood
Peace In The Hood is dedicated to Peace, Justice and Empowerment. Peace In The Hood is a youth violence, prevention, intervention and educational program that promotes personal responsibility, empowerment and self-sufficiency. We provide young people with structured activities from a holistic culturally specific perspective. This process will enable young adults to learn and implement the tools necessary to become productive citizens in society.

Pico Youth & Family Center
Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC), a non-profit organization in Santa Monica is committed to preventing youth violence. Through various services and caring staff support we bring hope to the lives of youth.We serve hundreds of youth annually, ages 16-24 who are most at risk, through case management, counseling, tutoring, job readiness training, leadership development, music, art and computer training. The PYFC is a positive alternative to the streets for many of Santa Monica’s youth and young adults who seek guidance, support and service.

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood’s mission is to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual; to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services; to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality; to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.

Play for Peace
Play for Peace is a global organization, now in its 10th year, which brings together children, youth and organizations from communities in conflict. As part of our community development initiatives, we use play to promote relationships among people whose communities suffer from a history of cross-cultural tensions. Play is one of the primary ways that human beings learn.

Pop and Politics
In a world where the vast majority of media is owned by a handful of corporations, Pop and Politics gives young writers and people of color a piece of the media pie. Pop and Politics is committed to aggressive truth-telling, to debating new ideas, and to educating and empowering younger Americans to fully participate in civil society.

Project 2040
The PROJECT:2040 Fellows Program matches high performing black and latino undergraduate and graduate engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships, and also provides them with the insight, networks and support to ensure their successful participation in the high tech innovation economy. The latest census projections show that people of color will be the majority in the United States by the year 2040. And yet there is no indication that the substantial minority achievement gap will be closed by that same year. We are launching PROJECT:2040 to make a direct impact on the achievement gap by increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities participating in the high-value innovation economy — an economy centered in Silicon Valley.

Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids (P.A.R.K)
P.A.R.K. is a non-profit organization which was established in 1993 by Keith Jackson. The Mission of P.A.R.K. is to provide “high-risk” students the opportunity to further their education by completing high school so they can attend college. These goals are achieved by providing a positive atmosphere built on love, nurturing and discipline.

Project Brotherhood
The mission of the Project Brotherhood Clinic is to provide the medical and social services necessary to improve the overall health and well being of the black men in our community. As well lay a foundation for black youth to maintain control over their own health.  In addition to on site services, Project Brotherhood provides resources and linkages to other Chicago area services.

Project Hip-Hop
When Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past – History, Organizing, and Power) began in 1993 activists Nancy Murray, Pam Ellis, and Bill Batson were tired of going to rallies and other social justice events and seeing children of the 60′s and almost no people under the age of 30. All of them had been doing anti-racism work in some capacity and felt that the heavy emphasis on diversity and interpersonal racism often failed to the raise issues institutional racism. Recognizing that many American young people born in the 80′s and 90′s were not taught about institutional racism and had very little context for social justice movements, Project HIP-HOP’s founders decided to connect Greater Boston area young people with the living history of the Civil Rights Movement in order to inspire them to fight racism by building their own movements.

Project Reach
Project Reach is a youth and adult-run, multi-racial, multi-gender, grassroots, anti-discrimination, youth organizing center with a clear mission and commitment to challenging the destruction among, of, and between New York City’s disparate youth communities.  Implicit in that mission is a vision that recognizes that the empowerment of disenfranchised youth communities is critical and integral to their participation as future leaders in the larger movement for social justice.

Project South
Project South is a leadership development organization based in the US South creating spaces for movement building. They work with communities pushed forward by the struggle to strengthen leadership and provide popular political & economic education for personal & social transformation. They build relationships with organizations and networks across the US and global South to inform their local work and to engage in bottom-up movement building for social & economic justice.

Pushback Network
Pushback Network is a national collaboration of indigenous, grassroots organizations and networks committed to building bottom-up, state-based alliances that change both the composition and levels of participation to the electorate.  The organization emphasizes strategies to empower underrepresented constituencies: people of color, poor and working class communities, and young people.

Raising Him Alone
Raising Him Alone (RHA) is dedicated to researching, designing, and implementing a campaign to support the social well being of single mothers raising boys. Through a series of intense community forums, workshops and support group initiatives, RHA seeks to increase access to resources in the following areas:(1) Health & Well Being (Mental Health), (2) Educational Support & Advocacy, (3) Financial Literacy

Recreation and Youth Services
The Department of Recreation and Youth Services was established to provide recreation, arts and culture services to children, families, neighborhoods and surrounding communities in the city of Dayton.

Research and Policy Institute of California African-American Youth Leadership Program
The African American Youth Leadership Program (AAYLP) is a division of RPIC with the goal of providing the leaders of tomorrow with the necessary tools to be prepared for today’s corporate world.  We believe that this goal can be achieved in providing students with academic guidelines, interactive training and exchanges with business leaders and policy makers.  AAYLP participants are prepared with the practical training to be effective leaders in their communities.

Richmond District After School Collaborative
Our mission is to nurture a diverse urban community by developing and providing high quality youth, adult, and family programs that address critical community needs and foster respect for all people and our environment.

Sadie Nash Leadership Project
Sadie Nash Leadership Project was founded in 2001 to promote leadership and activism among young women. The program is designed to strengthen, empower, and equip young women as agents for change in their world.  By increasing the participation of women in social, political, and economic decision-making, SNLP seeks to question and redefine the nature of leadership and to promote perspectives and practices that are cooperative, accountable, ethical, and effective.

Say It Loud
Since 1997 the Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series provided an opportunity for Little Rock youth ages 12-18 to participate in activities designed to enhance their appreciation for literature as a tool for personal, educational and career development. Over 3000 youth and adults have participated in numerous workshops and lectures at various venues sponsored bySay It Loud!. It should also be of noted that Say It Loud!members are enrolled in colleges around the country. The program has featured noted individuals such Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Na’im Akbar, Haki R. Madhubuti, Dr. Tony Medina, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Kevin Powell, Patrice Gaines and others.

Sexual Health Network
The Sexual Health Network is dedicated to providing easy access to sexuality information, education, mutual support, counseling, therapy, healthcare, products and other resources for people with disabilities, illness, or natural changes throughout the lifecycle and those who love them or care for them.

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League
The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) is the only Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Founded in 1984, SMYAL is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.Our mission is to promote and support self-confident, healthy, productive lives for LGBTQ youth ages 13-21 as they journey from adolescence into adulthood.

Shining Stars Youth Service
Shinning Stars Youth Services offers programs that specialize in the development of at-risk youths in Richmond Virginia, while transforming their lives through persistent and compassionate mentoring. Our youth development services define at-risk youths as adolescents or teens experiencing acute behavioral problems, causing them to be a safety liability to both themselves and others. At-risk youths often have been incarcerated in a juvenile facility and are often labeled as a menace to our society.

SIECUS stands for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. It provides information about sexuality education, sexual health, and sexual rights. For forty years it has been an advocate for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice and sexual rights.

Sigma Beta Club
The purpose for the Sigma Beta Club is many. The Club, being an organization for young male students, gives them an opportunity to meet with each other on a regular basis outside the school atmosphere to discuss their interest and problems. The Club also gives its members a chance to meet with college and professional men on a regular basis; therefore, exposing the membership to various viewpoints of educational advancements.

Sista II Sista
Sista II Sista is a Brooklyn-wide community-based organization located in Bushwick.  They are a collective of working-class young and adult black and Latina women building together to model a society based on liberation and love.  Our organization is dedicated to working with young women to develop personal, spiritual and collective power.

Sistas on the Rise
Sistas on the Rise is a space for young women of color ages 13-21. They work with teen mothers and young women to take ownership and power over their lives to create a healthy community. Sistas on the Rise acknowledges that young women of color need a safe space to develop their leadership skills, socio-political analysis, and organize without being marginalized. They realize that many young women who became pregnant drop-out of existing youth programs because they do not receive the support necessary for their continued participation.

One of their goals is to build sisterhood among young women who have children and those who do not. Sistas on the Rise is a space where young mothers and women of color raise consciousness, build sisterhood and take action for social change. They provide workshops, activities and trips that develop leadership skills and teach our young women to be critical and active members in the community.

Sister Love, Inc.
SisterLove, Inc. is the first community based non-profit organization in Georgia to focus specifically upon the needs of women, particularly African American women and those of African descent, who are at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

Southern Echo
Southern Echo is a leadership development, education and training organization working to develop effective accountable grassroots leadership in the African-American communities in rural Mississippi and the surrounding region through comprehensive training and technical assistance programs.

South Chicago Art Center

The South Chicago Art Center was founded in 2001 with these goals in mind: to provide a safe place for children after school; to bring arts education to local impoverished schools; to stimulate the imaginations of participants of all ages; to cultivate a sense of aesthetics; to boost self-esteem and intellectual curiosity; to decrease incidence of crime and substance abuse; and to promote friendship, solidarity and empowerment in the community.

Southwest Youth Collaborative
As a community-based organization with a board of directors comprised of both youth and adults, the Southwest Youth Collaborative strongly encourages young people and families to invest in the potential of the SWYC by playing an active role as a member and participating in the process for electing board members.

Springboard Foundation
The mission of Springboard Foundation is to provide financial and intellectual capital to selected, “grass roots” charitable programs that are focused on improving the lives of needy children, their families and their communities in the greater Chicago area.In fulfilling this mission, the Foundation also benefits the community by training its members in the workings of successful philanthropy so that they can in turn provide leadership in connection with other charitable causes outside the immediate focus of Springboard.

Stand Up For Kids
The mission of STANDUP FOR KIDS is to help homeless and street kids. We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives.

Street Level Youth Media
Street-Level Youth Media educates Chicago’s urban youth in media arts and emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication, and social change. Street-Level’s programs build critical thinking skills for young people who have been historically neglected by public policy makers and mass media. Using video and audio production, computer art and the Internet, Street-Level’s youth address community issues, access advanced communication technology and gain inclusion in our information-based society.

St. Paul Youth Services
St. Paul Youth Services works with families and the community to redirect youth who are starting to get in trouble at home, at school, or with the law. We’ve recently launched a Community Connections Initiative to engage the community to better address the needs of urban youth and to end the “school to prison pipeline.”

Teen Center
Teen Center provides information and advice for teens about sexual health and other teen related problems. The site is run by teens.

Teen Empowerment
The mission of the Center for Teen Empowerment is to empower youth and adults as agents of individual, institutional, and social change.

Teen Empowerment (TE) inspires young people, and the adults who work with them, to think deeply about the most difficult social problems in their communities, and gives them the tools they need to work with others in creating significant positive change. At TE’s youth organizing sites, youth and adult staffbring authentic youth voice into the dialogue about improving their communities, mobilize the energy of urban youth to create meaningful change, and facilitate mutually respectful relationships between youth and adults. The Teen Empowerment Model is responsible for our success. TE’s interactive methodology is effective with groups of all ages, and TE staff train others to use the model and have written a book, Moving Beyond Icebreakers©, describing our creative approach to group facilitation.

Teen Source, is an educational website launched in July 2001 by the California Family Health Council, Inc. (CFHC) as a resource for teens and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24 seeking information on healthy and responsible sexual lifestyles.

Teens With a Purpose – The Movement
Youth Empowerment Organization with primary focus is HIV/STI prevention and education through peer led (12 -24 year old) programs.  We promote abstinence; provide HIV testing and extensive risk reduction information.  We also address teen dating violence, teen pregnancy and other pressing teen issues.

Founded in 1999, Tenacity has served over 20,000 Boston students who otherwise would lack a safe, productive, and healthy after-school and summer environment. Our high-quality literacy and tennis programming not only build academic skills and improve fitness, they also foster the development of strong bonds between our students and caring staff, which instills the resilience needed to succeed in school and life.

The Algebra Project
The Algebra Project is a national, nonprofit organization that uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education for every child in America. They believe that every child has a right to a quality education to succeed in this technology-based society and to exercise full citizenship. They achieve this by using best educational research and practices, and building coalitions to create systemic changes.

The Beat Within
The Beat Within’s mission is to provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community. Outside of the juvenile justice system, The Beat Within partners with community organizations and individuals to bring resources to youth both inside and outside of detention. We are committed to being an effective bridge between youth who are locked up and the community that aims to support their progress towards a healthy, non-violent, and productive life.

The Blackout Arts Collective
The Blackout Arts Collective is a grassroots coalition of artists, activists and educators working to empower communities of color through the arts. They use the tools of culture and education to raise awareness and catalyze action around the critical issues that impact their communities. They believe in the power of the creative process to transform lives, mobilize communities, and build a more just society. They have various chapters throughout the states.

The Black Star Project
Founded in 1996 by Phillip Jackson, The BlackStar Project is committed to improving the quality of life in Black and Latino communities of Chicago and nationwide by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap.  Our mission is to provide educational services that help pre-school through college students succeed academically and become knowledgeable and productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools and communities. Additionally, we help students aspire to post-secondary educational opportunities and training while exploring careers that will be emotionally, intellectually and financially rewarding.  Our services are available to all students, particularly low-income Black and Latino students who attend low-achieving schools in disadvantaged communities.  In order to achieve our goal of eliminating the racial academic achievement gap, we concentrate on three main areas of initiative: student engagement, parental development and advocacy.  The BlackStar Project conducts its programming and varied approaches to closing the racial academic achievement gap primarily through parent and student leadership development and advocacy.

The Center for Young Womens’ Development
The Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD) is one of the first non-profits in the United States run and led entirely by young women. From the beginning, we have organized young women who were the most marginalized in San Francisco — those in the street economies and the juvenile justice system — to design and deliver peer-to-peer education and support.

The Cipher-Austin’s Hip Hop Project
We are on a mission to build a community of young activists through hip hop and spoken word.

The Community Justice Network
The Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY) is a program of the W. Haywood Burns Institute.  This program is comprised of community based programs, grassroots organizations, service providing agencies, residential facilities and advocacy groups that focus their work on youth of color.  The CJNY’s primary function is to be a support network for organizers and practitioners who are ion the ground working with youth who are at risk or already involved in the juvenile or criminal justice systems.

The Eagle Academy Foundation
This foundation represents a collaborative partnership dedicated to the development of a network of all male, grades 6 to 12, college-preparatory public schools that educate and develop young men into future leaders committed to excellence in character, scholastic achievement and community service.  The Eagle Academy Foundation is focused on creating Eagle Academies in neighborhoods with high rates of incarceration and poverty.

The Electronic Urban Report
The Electronic Urban Report provides a wide range of information dealing with black culture including music, movies, politics and history. The website produces a weekly newsletter to get up to date information about various topics of interest.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. Based in Oakland, California, they promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration through their four cutting-edge campaigns.

The Free Child Project
The Freechild Project believes it is completely unethical to exclude young people from participating in the actions that affect them most. Consequently, we work to engage young people in critical democratic action centered on growing community, culture, and society. We facilitate action and learning focused on learning from social movements and thought, and our work is dedicated to opposing adultismracismsexismheterosexism, social hierarchies, and other forms of oppression.

The HBCU Network
This site is a black student network. It includes information on black colleges and universities, journal opportunities, and various issues of concern to African American Youth.

The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community
The purpose of the website is to provide and create a community of African American scholars and practitioners working in the area of violence in the African American community. The site also provides information on public policy. The organization also facilitates local and national conferences and training forums.

The League of Young Voters
The League of Young Voters empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level – with a focus on non-college youth and youth from low-income communities and communities of color. The League makes political engagement relevant by meeting young people where they are, working on issues that affect their lives, and providing them with tools, training, and support to become serious catalysts for change in their communities. Founded in 2003, the League has become one of the strongest youth organizations in the country fighting for progressive change.

The Links, Incorporated Memphis Chapter
Welcome to our website. The Links, Incorporated founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

The Ludacris Foundation
The Ludacris Foundation inspires youth through education and memorable experiences to live their dreams by uplifting families, communities and fostering economic development. The Ludacris Foundation focuses on three key areas: Leadership and EducationLudaCares, our hands on community outreach; and Living Healthy Lifestyles. Our efforts reach youth at all age levels.

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of their people and promote self-determination in their community.

The Moses House
The Moses House, Inc. is a community-based not-for-profit organization that uses art-based learning and creative expression, social and cultural activism, social justice education, and participatory action research to enrich the lives of children and youth living in situations of risk in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa, Florida.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing Black civic engagement and voter participation.

The National Organization of Concerned Black Men
The website provides enrichment and prevention programs for African American children.

The National Organization of Concerned Black Men Inc. (CBM) conducts “best practice” programs from the Nation’s Capital. The Organization’s programs include

  • Peer Education and Reproductive Counseling (PERCY) – A teenage pregnancy program that helps preteen and teenage boys abstain from premature sex and to make wise, responsible choices in their lives.
  • Educated Choices for Healthy Outcomes (ECHO) – An HIV/AIDS prevention project that provides young people with information on the spread of HIV and AIDS in an effort to encourage them to make safe and healthy sexual choices.
  • Parent Self-Improvement Project – A basic education program for low-income parents to provide them with skills that will improve their opportunities for job training and employment.
  • Substance Abuse Integration Project (SAP) – A substance abuse prevention program that provides young people with information on the risks associated with drugs and addictive behavior. Because a substance abuser is more likely to take sexual risks, this program integrates a substance abuse prevention message into our PERCY and ECHO projects.
  • Saving Lives and Minds (SLAM) – An academic performance program with a particular focus on skills tested on the Stanford 9. In addition to tutoring, the program emphasizes school attendance and attitude.

The National Youth Rights Association
The website provides information about state and local rights for adolescents. They provide links to news, rallies and events concerning youth rights.

The Organization for Black Struggle
We use the Nguzo Saba as our Black Value System and the summed up experiences of the freedom fighters all over the world as a blueprint for liberation. We are guided by the legacy of struggle handed down by our ancestors, martyrs and contemporary s/heroes.

The Rock of Escape
We provide case management services through a creative set of opportunities to equip boys and young men to stay in school, build winning character and work ethics, and make dynamic relationship connections to family and community by age 25.

The Sisyphus Foundation
Mission The Sisyphus Foundation is a mathematics support organization which uses computer technology, along with individual and small group instruction to support parents, administrators, counselors, teachers, and students in the education community. Since its inception in 1994, the goal of the Sisyphus Foundation has been to provide needed support in mathematics educations to the PACTS Coalition of the greater community of East San Jose in an effort to bridge the gap between where we are and where we want to be.

The Stadium School Youth Dreamers
The Stadium School Youth Dreamers are a group of students in grades six through college who decided in 2001 that they wanted to open a youth-run youth center.  Their mission is “to provide a safe and stimulating youth center for the growth and development of young people through youth empowerment.”  They are part of the Stadium School , a Baltimore City Public School that serves about 280 students in grades six through eight in the communities surrounding Memorial Stadium, including the targeted communities of Waverly and Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello (CHM).

The Ya-Ya Network
The Ya-Ya Network is a citywide anti-racist, anti-sexist organization and allies with the LGBTQ community. Ya-Ya is staffed by young activists ages 15-19. We work with other youth, adult allies, youth programs & activist organizations. We help groups & individuals connect. We share information & resources & we support the work that other groups are doing. All to build a stronger voice for young people in the movement for social & economic justice.

The Young People’s Project
The Mission of the Young People’s Project is to use Math Literacy as a tool to develop young leaders and organizers who radically change the quality of education and life in their communities so that all children have the opportunity to reach their full human potential.

The Youth Action Network
Youth Action Network (YAN)/ Action Jeunesse is non-profit organisation, driven and originated by youths. Youth Action Network aims to create and promote social development and public policy initiatives for Canadian youth through research, human resource development, public education, advocacy and regional co-operation.

The Youth Alliance Network
Alliance Ministries is a non-profit organization created to encourage youth, equip youth workers, and empower men and women.  Alliance Seminars is designed to excite students, companies, and organizations about their unlimited potential.

There is Hope With Help
There Is Hope With Help addresses an array of concerns challenging today’s youth. Components of the program include interpersonal and social skills development, behavior support systems, family and educational activities focusing on youth development. Exposing our youth to positive experiences increases a bond with their community, improves decision-making capabilities, develops leadership skills, provides maturity training and establishes a positive value of self worth needed by every future leader involved in our program

Third World Newsreel
Third Wold Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.

Totally Positive Productions
Totally Positive Productions is a nonprofit organization committed to engaging the youth and young adults of the Englewood, Back-of-the-Yards, and South Englewood communities in positive “off the street” activities. We conduct after-school programs, entertainment workshops, talent competitions, showcases, educational field trips and other events.

Triple Threat Mentoring
Triple Threat Mentoring is an independent non-profit organization working with urban under resourced youth of East Aurora. Our mission is empowering urban youth to develop confidence, character and life skills.

Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation
Our mission is to provide training and support for students who aspire to enhance their creative talents. Each and every child desires freedom to creatively express themselves. We provide an environment that encourages freedom of expression, serves as a resource for families, and empowers via education.

Twin Cities- The League of Young Voters
The League of Young Voters empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level – with a focus on non-college youth and youth from low-income communities and communities of color. The League makes political engagement relevant by meeting young people where they are, working on issues that affect their lives, and providing them with tools, training, and support to become serious catalysts for change in their communities.

UMOJA Student Development Corporation
Umoja Student Development Corporation was formed in 1997 to link the educational efforts of Manley Career Academy High School to the broader community and to serve as an advocate for young people. As a model for school community partnership, Umoja provides the intensive services that most schools simply cannot.

Now also at additional schools, Umoja demonstrates that young people in an under-resourced environment do improve their performance and motivation when engaged in meaningful learning and leadership opportunities coupled with long term relationships with adults.

Urban Alliance
Urban Alliance is the only year long employment program for under-resourced high school seniors in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md. Our goal is to give youth access to professional growth and experiences. The program prepares students for a life of work and self-sufficiency through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship.

Urban Leadership Institute
Urban Leadership Institute is a social enterprise based in Baltimore, Maryland.  It focuses on leadership development by providing management, consultation services, program development, research and market analysis.  The Urban Leadership Institute works to empower youth and adults to create and launch their own enterprises, and through these enterprises, to take greater responsibility for their lives an communities.

Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
We conduct a comprehensive assortment of youth programs that serve to shepherd youth through the hazards they face every day in their environments. These programs include leadership training, computer skills development, college scholarships, after school programs, educational seminars, community service projects and employment opportunities.

Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Our Mission to achieve equality and promote socio economic opportunity to improve the quality of life of African Americans and others. The Urban League of Greater Kansas City hopes to be recognized as the premier race relations organization that sets the agenda to drive change in the areas of education, personal, professional and economic development.

Urban League of Greater New Orleans
Today, there are 105 Urban League affiliates throughout the country. Through advocacy, community organization and mobilization and program services in areas of education, economic development, employment and training, youth services and child and family support, the League’s mission of helping individuals to attain economic self-sufficiency remains virtually unchanged.

Urban Word NYC
Founded on the belief that teenagers can and must speak for themselves, Urban Word NYC™ (UW) has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban Word NYC presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, journalism, college prep, literature and hip-hop. UW provides FREE, safe and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round, and hosts the Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam, NY Knicks Poetry Slam, local and national youth slams, festivals, reading series, open mics, and more.

Urban Youth Collaborative
The Urban Youth Collaborative brings New York City youth together to fight for change through local and citywide organizing strategies. We strive for social and economic justice throughout our communities—overcoming obstacles to make sure youth voices are heard and youth empowerment is emphasized.

Urban Solutions
Urban Solutions (US) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1994.   Our mission supports the development of inner city youth by providing training and support resources designed to strengthen their academic, employment and life skills.   US implements programs designed to: build and improve the current academic skills of program participants, while also preparing them for college; develop the work and life skills of youth; and build youth leadership through youth development activities. To date, US has served more than 1000 youth, ages 15 – 19 years old, who reside in the Kenwood/Oakland/Grand Blvd., Woodlawn, Auburn-Gresham, Washington Park, Douglas Park, Chatham, Garfield Park, and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago.

Urban Squash
Urban Squash Cleveland is a youth enrichment after-school program for inner city Cleveland youth. Urban Squash Cleveland combines academic instruction and support, instruction in the sport of squash with community service, as well as providing mentoring and life skills to impact the lives of middle school children in Cleveland.

Urban Underground
Urban Underground is advancing a new generation of young leaders committed to building safe and sustainable communities. We advance our mission through effective and age appropriate programs, strategic partnerships, and youth-led civic engagement campaigns in the areas of health, education, public safety, and community justice. Our programs establish key pipelines for youth leadership, help groups broaden their definitions of diversity and inclusion, and create educational models relevant to today’s youth.

Urban Youth Impact
Our mission is to love, equip, and empower inner city youth to fulfill their God-given purpose. Love, equipping, and empowering inner city youth and their families has been the foundation of our work since 1997.

Urban Youth Initiative
The Urban Youth Initiative (UYI) seeks to equip, empower, and support dedicated youth ministers and the local church/Christian community to effectively reach unchurched urban young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ, and nurture their development into purposeful adulthood.

US Dream Academy Philadelphia Chapter
The U.S. Dream Academy’s program is set apart from other afterschool and mentoring organizations. The program starts with this principle: Beyond school, every young person we serve must spend 11 to 15 hours each week in a stimulating learning environment. One-on-one sessions with carefully matched mentors complement afterschool activities that combine academic fundamentals. The focus builds on three pillars – skill-building, character-building, and dream-building. The overall goal is to nurture the whole child while altering attitudes, enhancing self-esteem, supporting emotional and intellectual growth, and sparking dreams.

Vanguards of Cleveland
To prevent fire death and injury in our community through education and intervention programs targeting the youth and elderly. Secondly strive to empower the youth of our community with the knowledge, skills and abilities that they need to become productive members of society through our vocational and mentoring programs. Lastly we work to support the recruitment, retention and promotion of individuals of color and women within the fire service nationwide.

VH1 is a site primarily focused on popular culture and music. The site provides information about celebrities, movies, singers and actors prevalent to popular culture.

VIBE chronicles the celebrities, sounds, fashion, lifestyle, new media, and business born of urban music. With an authoritative voice, VIBE creates trends as much as it records them. VIBE covers music, educates its readers, and gives back to the community. VIBE serves as a portal to a growing, young, trendsetting, multicultural audience. As excellent journalists and innovative marketers, we are champions of urban music and culture.

Voice for Alabama’s Children
The organization’s goal is to ensure that all Alabama children have the best chance to succeed in life. VOICES focuses on the issues that matter most to children and families: health, safety, education, and economic security.

Voices of Youth in Chicago Education
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) is a youth-led organizing collaborative comprised of students from 7 community organizations and 12 Chicago Public High Schools working in concert with them.  VOYCE builds on these community based organizations’ histories of organizing both parents and students around school reform issues such as creating a policy change granting in-state tuition for undocumented students, securing the construction of new schools to relieve overcrowding, developing schools as community learning centers, and more.

We Are the Youth
We Are the Youth is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of queer youth in the United States.

Wide Angle Youth Media
Wide Angle Youth Media is a 501c3 non-profit that providesBaltimore youth with opportunities to tell their own stories using video technology, public speaking, and critical thinking skills. Through after school programs, community events, our annualWho Are You? Youth Media Festival, and our youth-run television show, Wide Angle strives to make media make a difference.

Wiretap is an independent news and culture web magazine that generates and amplifies daily content by young people from diverse backgrounds.  It mentors and trains young journalists, citizen reporters, bloggers and provides a daily platform for young activists, social entrepreneurs, and artists from across the country.

Women of Color Resource Center
For almost twenty years the Women of Color Resource Center has been at the forefront of the social justice feminist movement, promoting the well-being of women and girls of color across the United States, through popular education, leadership development, research and social analysis.

As a movement building organization, WCRC’s work supports the health and growth of social change organizations and individuals, sustainable infrastructures, and network development. We strive toward a stronger movement by building trust and a common vision between organizations and individuals working in different sectors and on multiple issues.

YES! Atlanta
Our commitment is to enhance the lives of vulnerable teenagers in metropolitan Atlanta through a variety of programs carefully designed to address key issues facing our youth, such as hopelessness about their future, lack of motivation in school, and distrust of adults. We show them the possibilities for a better life and provide a foundation for personal success.

Y-Mot Outreach Ministries
Y-MOT is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves urban youth and families in under-resourced communities. Y-MOT exists to empower urban youth to develop mentally, spiritually and physically through the use of holistic programming.

YMCA of Memphis & Mid-South
Our mission: to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Here at the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, we are directly involved in our community to make a positive impact. We serve approximately 160,000 Mid-Southerners each year through 8 full-service branches that offer aquatic, wellness, teen leadership, at-risk youth and senior programs.

YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta
YMCA programs and services help us to fulfill our mission: Your YMCA, reflecting its Judeo-Christian heritage, is an association of volunteers, members and staff, open to and serving all, providing programs and services which develop spirit, mind, and body. Financial assistance is available based on need. The YMCA actively seeks to identify and involve those in need. All YMCA programs are anchored in ideals such as core character values and leadership development, providing programs that serve the needs of the community and enrich individuals.

YMCA of Metropolitan Little Rock
Since 1885 the YMCA has been building strong kids and families in the Little Rock community. At our three facilities, we serve thousands of people each year, helping people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA offers innovative ways to get more involved with the world around you. Along with a range of exciting activities designed to bring families together, the Y also gives you the opportunity to give back to your community through coaching, mentoring or any number of volunteer options.

YMCA of Greater New Orleans
The YMCA is open to all regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, or income level. The Y provides a place to belong, joining a diverse group of people in a safe and positive environment. The YMCA partners with members, volunteers and other organizations to provide high-quality, affordable programming that serves the New Orleans community. The Y’s community development efforts include adult and family literacy programs, family events, youth leadership development, post-Katrina revitalization and more.

YO! Baltimore
The mission of the Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore is to help City youth receive the education and career skills training needed to become successful adults. YO! serves any out-of-school youth 16 to 22 years of age who’s a resident of Baltimore City.

Young Chicago Authors
Young Chicago Authors encourages self-expression and literacy through creative writing, performance and publication. YCA provides student-centered, artist-led workshops free to youth ages 13-19 in schools and communities. Our process emphasizes artistic development, mentorship, and creating safe spaces where a young person’s life matters. We believe that through their words, young people can promote tolerance and remove barriers to transform their lives and society.

Young G.E.M.S
Inspired by an opportunity to offer empowered and conscious change for the next generation, Joyful Transformations, Inc. designed this program for young girls ages 10-12* from all community, cultural, and financial backgrounds. It ends with a ceremony to celebrate the completion of this stage in their lives, the transition into the next and the overall accomplishments of each young girl.

Youth At Risk
Phoenix Youth at Risk transforms the lives of at-risk youth by providing a foundation of mentoring and curriculum that helps them build positive, goal-oriented futures.

Youth Community Action
The Youth Community Action Program (YCAP) develops youth leadership by providing popular political education to young people in Atlanta, creates alternative youth-run media programs, and organizes for local community power. The program addresses systemic mis-education of Black youth and youth of color in Atlanta school systems and connects young people to social movements. The Septima Clark Community Power Institute, the Youth Speak Truth radio program, and other activities provide entry points for youth to engage in community governance opportunities, build leadership through historical analysis and critical development, and breaks isolation through connection to cross-regional youth organizing efforts.

Youth Education Alliance
The Youth Education Alliance is a group of teenagers and young adults who know that we have the power to make a change. We bring youth together to identify the problems in our schools and solve them collectively. Through direct action and community education, we hold city leaders and school officials accountable to young people in our nation’s capital.

Youth Empowerment Project
By providing intensive case management, mentoring and educational services to at-risk New Orleans youth, we will strengthen each young person’s capacity to successfully connect with his or her family and community and lay the foundation for a healthy transition to adulthood.

Youth Program-Black Dolphin Divers of Richmond, VA
The Black Dolphin Dive Club’s Youth Program goals are the same as the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) and that is to promote a sense of pride and camaraderie among our youth by challenging them through involvement in aquatic activities and the marine environment. BDD Youth Program focuses on producing successful, confident young leaders who will have a strong impact on their communities and chosen professions.

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans
As future leaders of this city, region, and state, it is we the youth who must act now to bring about a better quality of life for our future. The doors of our flooded homes are literally open for change. And the youth must be a symbol for this change . How we build for our future- together, in collaboration- is key to this change. Building community comes with rebuilding homes.

Young Women’s Empowerment Project
Our mission as the Young Women’s Empowerment Project is to offer safe, respectful, free-of-judgment spaces for girls and young women impacted by the sex trade and street economies to recognize their goals, dreams and desires. We are run by girls and women with life experience in the sex trade and street economies. We are a youth leadership organization grounded in harm reduction and social justice organizing by and for girls and young women (ages 12-23) impacted by the sex trade and street economies.

Young People 4
In 2004, People For the American Way Foundation launched a strategic, long-term leadership initiative, Young People For (YP4), to invest in the next generation of leaders and build a long-term national network for young progressives.  YP4 serves motivated, socially aware, diverse and creative young adults who are emerging leaders in their communities, and works with them to create positive change in their communities while empowering the newest generations of skilled, progressive leaders who will lead with progressive values, make progress in their communities today, and create sustainable change over the long term.  This site offers resources, guidance and a wide variety of ongoing opportunities for young leaders to connect with other progressive leaders and organizations, plan and execute projects of their choosing, and learn valuable leadership, communication, organizing, collaboration, and advocacy skills.

Youth 2 Leaders
The mission of the Tavis Smiley Foundation is to enlighten, encourage and empower youth by providing leadership training that will promote the quality of life for themselves, their communities and our world.

Youth Action Project
The Youth Action Project is a non-profit organization that works to empower San Bernardino’s youth to develop the skills and habits needed to experience economic and social success.

Youth Activism: A Web Forum Organized by the Social Science Research Council
This web forum seeks to foster discussion, debate and analysis on young people as civic and political actors.  The Forum intends to be a virtual space for developing and disseminating new information, ideas and approaches to youth activism–especially those in which young people are involved in forms of advocacy through purposeful and organized collective action.

Youth Activism Project
The Youth Activism Project was founded in 1992 by Wendy Schaetzel Lesko as a non-partisan organization to encourage young people to speak up and pursue lasting solution to problems they care deeply about.  This website is dedicated to promoting youth civic engagement, providing free advice via email and toll-free hotline, training adults on how to collaborate and co-pilot successfully with young people, convincing community, educational and government leaders, and sharing best practices and resources, and serving as a network for people tackling similar youth empowerment and public policy issues in the United States and internationally.

Youth Bridge
Youth Bridge is a non-profit, for impact agency that serves teens and their families in the areas of abuse, neglect, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems. We do this through outpatient, residential, outreach and emergency services.

YouthBuild Boston
Youth Build Boston (YBB) is a nonprofit organization based in Roxbury, Massachusetts that serves young adults of Boston. Established in 1990, Youth Build Boston provides opportunities for students to build career and life skills via hands-on, innovative programs such as construction training and sustainable landscape design. YBB has completed 80 units of housing and more than 800 students have graduated.

YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society.

There are now 273 YouthBuild programs in 45 states, Washington, DC, and the Virgin Islands. 92,000 YouthBuild students have built 19,000 units of affordable, increasingly green, housing since 1994.

Youth Empowerment Project
By providing intensive case management, mentoring and educational services to at-risk New Orleans youth, we will strengthen each young person’s capacity to successfully connect with his or her family and community and lay the foundation for a healthy transition to adulthood.

Youth Home
Youth Home’s mission has remained constant – to help adolescents and families triumph over their challengesand grow into healthier, contributing members of their community. Many children arrive at Youth Home with little chance at success. Many have a history of failure or abuse. Many have never had a healthy adult role model. A dedicated and respected team of professionals at Youth Home administer a variety of comprehensive programs specializing in individual, group and family therapy. Our goal is to turn troubled teenagers into strong, healthy adults. With help, these children will leave Youth Home with a new desire to succeed.

Youth Impact Program
The Youth Impact Program’s mission is to make a positive and lasting impact on “at-risk” inner city boys nationwide, grow their opportunities to be successful through academics, teamwork and mentoring.

Youth in Need
Youth In Need is a nonprofit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo. Through a variety of crisis prevention and intervention programs, Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.

Youth Mentoring Connection
Youth Mentoring Connection awakens at-risk youth to their power, unique gifts and purpose by matching them with caring adult mentors and placing that “match” within a structured group dynamic that provides the resources youth need to reach productive, conscious adulthood. We further seek to awaken society to the needs, promise and value of this overlooked population.

Our Vision is of a community where young people are truly seen and not just watched, where society understands and accepts its responsibility in meeting the needs of all young people, and where young people bring their gifts back into their communities as productive members of society.

Youth Outlook
YO! Youth Outlook is an award-winning literary journal of youth life in the Bay Area.  Featuring in-depth reporting pieces and first-person essays, comic strips and poetry pages, YO! is the communication outlet for youth who feel their voice and visions need to be seen and heard.  YO! is a bridge to the world of youth expression.

YO! chronicles the world through the eyes and voice of young people – between the ages of 14 and 25.  From reporting pieces on Palestinian American youth in the Bay Area to interviews with gospel hip hop bands; from photo essays by homeless youth to journal entries from temp workers in Silicon Valley, YO! offers a unique window into California’s youth subcultures.

Youth Radio
Youth Radio was founded in 1990 on the deeply held belief that underserved youth, ages 14-24 years old, have the creativity, technical skills and entrepreneurial spirit to become leaders in the multi-media industry and the community and to serve as mentors to other youth.

The heart of its pioneering efforts is to train young people from under-resourced public schools, community-based organizations, group homes and juvenile detention centers in broadcast journalism, media production and cutting-edge technology. Youth Radio offers professional development and technical skills training absolutely free of charge with the aim of preparing young people for pathways to meaningful careers.

Youth Specialties
Youth Specialties provides in-depth information that addressing the personal and professional needs of youth workers in the church and parachurch. Written by and for youth workers, these articles cover a variety of topics including music, youth culture, sexuality, gender, leadership, and counseling.

Youth Together
In 1996 Youth Together was formed by youth, community members, parents and school officials in Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond, California concerned about inter-racial violence and inadequate school conditions. Because of the organization’s youth leadership programming, student centers, and campaigns, six local high schools are developing positive, long-term solutions to fight social, political, community, and educational inequities in their lives, serving as a model for empowering change in other communities. Community members were inspired to form Youth Together in 1994 in response to inter-racial conflicts in schools. Since that time, young people in Youth Together have fought for, won, and continued to struggle for a new vision of their schools and communities.

Youth Uprising
Youth Uprising is a not-for-profit organization, seeded and supported by Alameda County and the City of Oakland.  It is dedicated to being a leader in the advancement of youth leadership development as a means of affecting positive community change by ensuring that youth and young adults are supported in actualizing their potential

Zumix is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) cultural organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts. Located in East Boston, MA, ZUMIX provides top-quality cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance in one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods.