Youth

Organizations

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Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project of the Urban Justice Center

In Their Own Words:

ASAP works to end the wrongful detention and deportation of refugee women and children in the United States. ASAP amplifies the traditional legal services model through creative use of technology, an international network of engaged volunteers, and innovative approaches to community building and partnership.

New York, NY
https://asap.urbanjustice.org/
Boys & Girls Club of America

In Their Own Words:

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have changed and saved young lives during the out-of-school time. We want every child in America to be in a safe, constructive environment when they are not at home or in school. We provide that safe haven for nearly 4 million youth every year, but there are millions more who need it, and we can’t do it alone. We also reach underserved communities — we have some 300 Clubs in public housing, 200 Clubs on Native lands, 400+ youth centers on U.S. Military Installations, and 1,500 Clubs in schools.

MA
http://www.bgca.org/
GirlForward

In Their Own Words:

GirlForward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent.

Chicago, IL
https://www.girlforward.org
GLSEN

In Their Own Words:

Our mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

New York, NY
http://glsen.org
Guardian Angels

In Their Own Words:

Safety Patrols have been the heart and soul of the Guardian Angels since its inception. Patrol Volunteers are thoroughly trained in protection of self and others while regularly patrolling their communities. Their efforts help combat the terrifying disease of street crime by uniting citizens together to respond to the ever-changing elements of community problems. They address criminal activity where it is needed most and go beyond the defensive to empower the collective community by teaching practical skills, initiating community programs and emphasizing cooperation to solve problems.

Brooklyn, NY
http://www.guardianangels.org
Know Your IX

In Their Own Words:

Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led organization that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. We envision a world in which all students can pursue their civil right to educations free from violence and harassment. We recognize that gender violence is both a cause of inequity and a consequence of it, and we believe that women, transgender, and gender non-conforming students will not have equality in education or opportunity until the violence ends. We draw upon the civil rights law Title IX as an alternative to the criminal legal system — one that is more just and responsive to the educational, emotional, financial, and stigmatic harms of violence.

MA
http://knowyourix.org/
Lost+Found Youth

In Their Own Words:

Lost-n-Found Youth assists homeless youth from 13 – 25 in stabilizing their lives, including preparing them for permanent housing and stable employment. In addition, LNFY is Atlanta’s leading non-profit with the specialized expertise on and dedication to the needs of LGBTQ homeless youth and we take a special responsibility to ensuring their well-being.

Atlanta, GA
http://www.lnfy.org
Moving Traditions

In Their Own Words:

At Moving Traditions we believe that when Judaism promotes self-discovery, challenges traditional gender roles, and celebrates a diversity of voices, it has the power to move our teens, our communities, and Judaism forward. Through our field-tested programs Rosh Hodesh and Shevet Achim, Moving Traditions creates experiences across the U.S. that inspire Jewish teens to openly explore fundamental questions of identity and society.

Jenkintown, PA
http://movingtraditions.org
National Voices for Equality, Education & Enlightenment, Inc.

In Their Own Words:

Mission: To prevent bullying, violence, and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education.

Miami, FL
http://www.nveee.org
Project NIA

In Their Own Words:

Project NIA offers a new way of thinking about crime and violence. We use the principles of participatory community justice – often called restorative or transformative justice – which has been shown to meet the needs of victims, reduce recidivism, and improve satisfaction with the legal system.

Community-based justice models redefine the goals of the criminal legal system to include the prevention of crime as well as community member involvement in addressing crime. We believe that communities are strengthened when local citizens participate in responding to crime, delinquency and violence because they are more likely to tailor responses to the preferences and needs of victims, perpetrators, and their neighbors.

Chicago, IL
http://project-nia.org
Running Start

In Their Own Words:

By educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, and imbuing them with the skills they need to be leaders, we give women the running start they need to achieve greater political power. With an earlier start in politics, women will climb higher on the leadership ladder, allowing more women to share in the decision making power of this country.

Washington, DC
http://runningstartonline.org/
Teaching Tolerance

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Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children.

Montgomery, AL
http://tolerance.org
The Ali Forney Center

In Their Own Words:

Our mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.

New York, NY
http://www.aliforneycenter.org
The Trevor Project

In Their Own Words:

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

MA
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

In Their Own Words:

The mission of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is to promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law. The Young Center is a champion for the best interests of children who arrive in the United States on their own, from all corners of the world. We serve as trusted allies for these children by accompanying them through court proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated juvenile immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

MA
http://theyoungcenter.org/
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