We build youth leaders and support them in efforts to address issues impacting their communities.
We are a collaborating partner within the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS) Coalition that works to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color by advocating for positive alternatives to suspension and reducing criminalization of communities of color. Participating youth are supported with leadership and advocacy trainings on topics including public speaking, socio-political education, issue education and community organizing.
Several of our youth participated in advocating for the passage of SB 419 in Sacramento to end willful defiance suspensions. Willful defiance suspensions disproportionately affected students of color and the new law represents a victory in disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline by keeping students in school.