National Organizations

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.

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. 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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.