Youth Organizing

BPNC believes in empowering youth to be leaders and organizers within their schools and their communities. BPNC engages youth in issue campaigns at the school, city, state and national level through clubs at 10 middle and high schools on the Southwest side. Clubs include DREAMERS & Allies, Student Voice Committees, and Youth Leadership Councils. 

 

BPNC believes in intergenerational organizing. While we work to create youth centered and youth led space within our organization, we also work to ensure that students are connected to and partnered with adult allies in our organizing efforts, primarily parents and educators.

 

Each year, BPNC’s Middle School Youth Leadership Councils organize a Youth Summit in May, convening 400 students for a day of workshops focused on social justice and violence prevention.

 

At the high school level, BPNC supports student leadership at individual schools and convenes a Southwest Student Committee to coordinate campaigns across the Southwest side.

 

BPNC is also a member of the Alliance for Education Justice, a national alliance of youth of color.

For more information or to get involved, contact Andrea Ortiz, Youth Organizer - aortiz@bpncchicago.org