Background:

The Hill-Snowdon Foundation has made grants in support of youth organizing since 2000, making us one of the most enduring supporters of the youth organizing field in the country.  We are committed to supporting youth organizing because  low-income youth of color suffer severe social and economic deprivations in this society and youth organizing helps low income youth of color build the power to influence critical policy decisions, secure material changes in their communities and challenge the prevailing social deficit stereotype.  Ultimately, HSF wants to move the leadership of low income youth of color and other marginalized youth to the center of the social, political, economic and cultural life of American society, thus helping to ensure that these youth can thrive.  We believe that youth organizing is an essential means to achieve this, as well as, “Building a Movement for the Ages”, thus revitalizing and ensuring the sustainability of social justice movements in the US over the long term.

Over the last few years, we have seen youth organizing evolving towards a multi-generational approach, and in so doing, achieving broader impact, scale and scope. We have seen the broader organizing field integrating multi-generational organizing as well. Consequently, our Youth Organizing Program Area will focus exclusively on multi-generational organizing, because we see it as a very effective means of securing systemic changes necessary for low income youth and their families to thrive.   By adopting this focus we anticipate the following outcomes:

  • Larger scale and more substantive changes and improvements for low income and marginalized youth and their families.

  • A greater number of groups adopting and effectively employing a multi-generational model.

  • Substantively expanded roles for youth in social justice organizations and the movement overall.

  • A more stable and expanded base of funding that allows youth to organize to help their families and communities to thrive.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations seeking support from HSF’s Youth Organizing Program have the strongest likelihood of receiving a grant if they fit the following the criteria:

  • Have a track record and commitment to multi-generational organizing, as evidenced by their leadership structure and organizing model.

  • Employ a community organizing approach to systems, institutional or policy level change (we do not support youth leadership, advocacy, or service programs that are not grounded in a community organizing model).

  • Engage in multi-issue, base-building organizing

  • Employ a sophisticated, strategic and explicit racial and gender justice frame

  • Have a track record of organizing wins and institutional and policy changes

  • Work in coalition with social justice organizing groups and/or hold leadership positions in multi-generational organizing coalitions.

  • Integrate civic participation or voter engagement strategies into their ongoing efforts whenever possible.

  • Are located in the US South (the majority of HSF’s Youth Organizing grants are directed towards the US South, but we still support organizations outside of the South).​

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