Strategies

Build Youth Power

Pow·er /ˈpou(ə)r/
noun

the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.

We believe in youth having the opportunity to shape the world and its future. Building power requires folks to come together in pursuit of a shared vision. This process, called community organizing, has been the catalyst for some of the greatest changes in history. Youth Will has brought young San Diegans together from around a shared vision for a better future. This vision, laid out in our Youth Bill of Rights, is being fought for by young people from throughout the region.

Interested in starting or joining a youth movement?

Improve Youth Development

Youth and adults agree: our youth development system needs improvement. Government, nonprofits, businesses, and schools must communicate and collaborate for the benefit of our young people. This means establishing partnerships where folks can share their struggles, celebrate their successes, and strategize for collective impact. It also means developing a culture of youth-adult partnership where the beautiful wisdom of each generation can be shared to create a better future.

We train young people to facilitate the meetings and trainings needed to build an intergenerational community where young folks learn lessons of the past from elders, adults learn about the struggles of today from our youth, and our collective wisdom produces the solutions to today’s challenges.

Interested in bringing a community organizing training to your school, youth group or organization?

Demand Youth Prioritization

Imagine a world where our leaders always took a moment before making a decision to ask themselves what would be best for our children and youth. For too long, youth have been an afterthought when important decisions are being made. Youth Will believes young people should be at the forefront of every decision made by our leaders and have worked with the youth in our community to create a policy agenda to guide the decisions that are being made.
Are you interested in demanding youth prioritization?