YOF, is a youth-led community organizing program that uses a racial justice lens to build the skills we need as young people to transform Ithaca into a more equitable and socially just community.  YOF brings together racially & culturally diverse High School aged individuals to co-create a learning community that develops the hard skills of community organizing & racial justice leadership, the analytic tools of political education, and the social consciousness of cultural intelligence to take effective action for social change.

Did you know that 2016-17 Fellows implemented the Peoples Budget (PB) as a City process!? See details of the current work during the 2018 pilot year. Questions?

2018 ORGANizing

Youth Facilitators: Anacheliz Gonzalez, Umeek Adams, Viola Jones.
Fellows: In Process of being recruited!

We are recruiting the 2018 YOF cohort. There are 6 seats open for a year-long term commitment (Feb - Dec.)  APPLY HERE TODAY!

Youth Organizing Fellows preparing for their meeting with Mayor Svante Myrick outside City Hall, 2017.

Youth Organizing Fellows preparing for their meeting with Mayor Svante Myrick outside City Hall, 2017.

Community building & organizing:

MRC partners with various community organizations, groups, and individuals to organize locally and connecting the dots to national and international issues that plague our communities.

We kicked off the 2018 year with organizing efforts that address relationship building, solidarity, and action while also aligning with the 50th anniversary of the Poor People's Campaign through the MLK Day of Celebration event on January 15th, 2018.  We brought back popular education classes, ranging from food injustice, immigration, non-violent civil disobedience, LGBTQ+, housing, transportation, and many more issues. We had over 400 people attend the event. And in many of the classrooms, there were people crowded inside and standing in doorways. To make the classes more accessible, children's activities were hosted at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center. Check out gallery from event below!

United Students of IHS- "our Demands"

Read 2 important documents from IHS Students: