Annie E. Casey
The Center for
the Study of Social Policy
Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Results based Accountability
FAMILY SUPPORT AMERICA
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
The Freechild Project seeks to advocate, inform, and celebrate social change
led by and with young people around the world, particularly those who have been
historically denied the right to participate. It was created in April 2000 to
encourage young people to seek empowered roles in their schools and
communities. A network young people and youth advocates around the world has
driven The Freechild Project to international prominence in the fields of youth
development, youth empowerment, and youth involvement.
In late 2005 Freechild became a program of Common Action, a new nonprofit
organization located in Olympia, Washington.
Freechild works with individuals and organizations worldwide to connect young
people and social change.
Creating Change Through Youth Organizing Across the country, young people (ages
13-19) are engaging in community struggles for social, economic, and
environmental justice. YouthAction has been nurturing youth organizing since
1987 by assisting youth and adult allies. We provide trainings, events,
technical assistance and networking opportunities to strengthen youth
organizing and create change for local communities.
YouthAction works with youth and community-based organizations, primarily in
communities of color, low income communities, and LGBTQ communities. We are
committed to finding locally-driven solutions, and to the building of a more
In 1992, Wendy Lesko founded the Youth Activism Project as a private
non-partisan organization to encourage young people to speak up and pursue
lasting solutions to problems they care deeply about. This national
clearinghouse, which is located in the Washington, D.C. area, strives to:
promote youth civic engagement.
train adults how to collaborate successfully with young people.
provide free advice to young people to help them transform their ideas into
proposals and be taken seriously by the powers-that-be.
convince community, educational and government leaders to engage young people
in meaningful roles and the decision-making process.
promote youth infusion on citizen task forces, school boards, community
coalitions, organizations, etc.
share best practices and resources with nonprofit and governmental agencies.
act as a network, connecting like-minded individuals who are tackling similar
public policy issues in the United States or abroad.
Center for Community and Youth Development
The Innovation Center seeks out extraordinary organizations and individuals
across the world. The group works with community organizations, researchers,
policymakers, and philanthropists. The approach for their work is to:
organizations, youth, and adults spark creative processes, build on
existing assets and resources, and generate practical tools and resources that
Value the knowledge, skills, and practices of community organizations.
Understand that vastly different organizations share goals and visions that
lead to successful partnership.
Study others’ successes, rather than bring preconceived formulas.
Share discoveries and new practices in the larger arenas of academia, policy,
research, and the field of youth and community development.
Tool kits, technical assistance, and research;
Peer learning groups and peer exchanges for community organization leaders;
Connections across the fields of academia, policy, social services, and
Guidance for funding research, development, and program evaluation;
Training services that expand skills, strengthen management, and connect
organizations and foundations to new and existing resources;
Capacity-building techniques that help organizations become more effective.
Youth in Decision Making: “At the Table.” Launched by National 4-H Council in
1998 and now a project of the Innovation Center for Community and Youth
Development, "At the Table" is a collaborative initiative aimed at building a
national movement for youth in decision making.
Civic Engagement, and Activism. Consulting, training, and supporting local
civic activist organizations creates opportunities for young leaders and youth
workers to exchange ideas and strategies and become better facilitators,
program planners, and leaders. Organizing international exchanges, visits, and
interactions creates opportunities for young activists to make global
connections. Work strengthens the youth development profession by contributing
research, documentation, and strategies for achieving youth development
outcomes through civic activism. It strengthens the field of community
development by engaging young people as assets with important contributions to
make rather than viewing them as “risks.”
And emerging projects such as Peace Circles and Leadership Development.
An international organization located in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Youth on Board prepares youth to be leaders and decision makers in their
communities and strengthens relationships between youth and adults through
publications, customized workshops, and technical assistance. Since 1994 Youth
on Board has:
Their core publication is Youth Governance: 14 Points to Involving Young People
Successfully in Governance.
Trained more than 12,000 people,
Sold over 6000 Youth on Board manuals, books, and videos,
Consulted to over 380 schools, organizations, and government agencies,
Provided services in 45 states and 11 countries
Youth on Board works with mixed groups of young people and adults, or either
group separately. All trainings are facilitated by a team of young people and
adults in a highly interactive format.
The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment (the Forum) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
organization dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all
young people are Ready by 21™ — ready for college, work and life. This goal
requires that young people have the supports, opportunities and services needed
to prosper and contribute where they live, learn, work, play and make a
difference. The Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information,
technical assistance, training, network support and partnership opportunities
needed to increase the quality and quantity of youth investment and youth
What Kids Can Do
What Kids Can Do, Inc. (WKCD) is a national not-for-profit organization founded
in 2001 for the purpose of making public the voices and views of adolescents.
On its website, WKCD documents young people's lives, learning, and work, and
their partnerships with adults both in and out of school.
WKCD also collaborates with students around the country on books, curricula,
and research to expand current views of what constitutes challenging learning
Most recently, WKCD has started a new publishing imprint, Next Generation
Press. The voices of youth resound throughout all Next Generation Press titles,
making public their views on adolescents' lives, learning, and work, with a
particular focus on youth without privilege. All earnings go into our WKCD's
ongoing campaign the raise awareness of young people as a powerful force for
Alliance for Justice - Co-Motion
Co/Motion is a national program of the Alliance for Justice that helps
organizations build their capacity to foster youth leadership in the design,
implementation, and evaluation of action strategies addressing community
problems. This is accomplished by partnering with youth-led and youth-serving
organizations, national service and service learning programs, schools and
other national and community-based organizations, to provide training to young
adults 15 to 25 in advocacy and organizing skills. Co/Motion also provides
on-going support and technical assistance to help youth design projects to
address community problems. The current focus is gun control.
The website in Ireland for all family support programmes and services.
Parents information service, publications.