YOUTH MOVE NC IS HONORED TO BE APART OF THE YES! YOUTH NETWORK
About Youth Empowered Solutions:
Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization centered on the idea that real community change cannot take place without a commitment to racial equity and the contributions of young people. YES! believes that the collective power of youth and adult allies to achieve change in the world depends on recognizing the history of structural racism that exists in the United States. YES! embraces the responsibility to work towards organizational and societal change in service to create a more equitable, thriving communities for all through the application of the YES! Youth Empowerment Model®. For more information visit www.youthempoweredsolutions.org
About The Duke Endowment:
Through our new faith initiative: Thriving Rural Faith Initiative: Engaging Youth as Rural Leaders, we seek to support faith leaders to identify and connect with youth through our innovative approach, both inside and outside of the congregation walls. At the core of this Initiative, we believe there are three primary shifts that are needed to achieve success in embedding youth empowerment into faith efforts:
An expansion of existing youth engagement work to include youth from beyond the congregation walls;
An increased understanding by faith and community leaders of racial equity and the role structural racism plays in the root causes of issues such as hunger and poverty; and
A shift in the traditional mindset and practice of faith communities from “charity” to “justice”.