AMP: Grassroots²

Raleigh/ Durham NC

Youth Organizing Institute

Vision: YOI is a popular education leadership development program dedicated to empowering the lives and experiences of young people. “YOI envisions a world that Ella Baker worked for. In her words: “The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on… Is when the reins are in the hands of the young, who dare to run against the storm.”

Impact: YOI supports young organizers and movement building through three main initiatives. YOI’s training fellowship supports leadership development course. The Summer Freedom School focuses on developing organizing praxis. Lastly, YOI launched ‘Solutions Not Suspensions’ and fought for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for Level 1 offenses.