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Strengthening a Nascent Field: Lessons from the Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity Initiative

April 30, 2019

This brief examines the role of the Perrin Family Foundation's Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity (BLOC) initiative on the youth organizing landscape in Connecticut.

Youth Development Outcomes of Youth-Led Social Change

January 1, 2015

Activities & Outcomes

The Youth Engagement Continuum

January 1, 2015

The youth engagement continuum helps situate youth-led social change relative to other prevailing approaches to youth work.Each of the five strategies described in the continuum offers services and programs to young people and plays an important role in supporting their healthy growth and development as individuals. Communities benefit most, however, when young people also have meaningful opportunities to engage in civic leadership and youth organizing. The development of strong and vibrant cities, communities, and states requires the intentional cultivation of organizations at each level of the continuum.

A New Role for Connecticut Youth: Leaders of Social Change

November 1, 2013

Connecticut harbors stark inequities in opportunity for its residents, and perhaps no group is as greatly affected by those disparities as our state's children and youth. Every decision made on the community, institutional, and state level shapes the contours of the lives of Connecticut's young people—yet the voices of our youth are all too often absent from public discourse and critical decision-making processes.A wealth of research documents the challenges and obstacles facing Connecticut's youth, but there have been few attempts to understand the ways in which young people themselves are working to address them. At the same time, a growing body of national research—conducted by academics and by experts in the field of youth engagement—indicates that creating opportunities for youth to act as leaders of social change has a transformative impact on those young people, on their communities, and on the laws, policies, institutions, and systems that shape their lives. In this regard, however, Connecticut is sadly behind the national curve. In communities throughout the country, young people are leading successful efforts to transform their neighborhoods, communities, and schools. The same is possible in Connecticut.