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PJALS Young Activist Leaders Program

YALP Summer Session July 21-August 18th! 

Aspiring young activists in the Spokane area–12 to 25–are invited to join us for a 5-week virtual training session on how to make the change you want to see and engage in social justice work within our community. All are welcome–whether you are already working on an activist project or just know that you want to get involved in the issues you care about. We will cover the content needed to identify issues that impact us, as young people and within our other identities, and learn the skills to solve them. Then, in the second half of each session, we will collaborate to apply the results content to your project. Sign up below!

 


YALP participants meeting via Zoom this spring

YALP has gone online during COVID-19! We had a great end to our school year session despite the challenges posed by the pandemic’s added stress. 

Read about our Arts in Action project featuring social justice artwork here!


Download our flier and info sheet here.

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“Not only did this program give me numerous, explicitly useful tools for my activism, it refueled my spirit every month and encouraged me immensely to stay involved and active. I was treated like my work really mattered.”

“This program has been incredibly helpful and enjoyable. It helps young activists realize and utilize their own power and promotes their autonomy as leaders and organizers.”

“The Young Activist Leaders program is an amazing experience for all levels of personal experience. It is a wonderful opportunity for current leaders to share their knowledge with those who seek it and to ensure there are future leaders to push boundaries, ask questions, and seek justice.”

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Your support helps us provide skill-building workshops, binders and materials,  dedicated staff time, healthy food, and stipends for those who complete the commitment. Thank you! It’s easy at www.pjals.org/contribute.

You can read some highlights about our 2016 graduating class.

In our Young Activist Leaders program, young people:

  • Explore social justice with other Spokane-area young people who value equality, human rights, economic justice, and peace!
  • Sharpen your skills to lead and make change!
  • Help make your group or club better, faster, stronger!

Our 10-month leadership development program is right for young people already active in or leading student groups, faith communities, and community groups as well as for folks new to activism. It’s a great opportunity to help new leaders grow or to create student projects! Starting in October and concluding in May, every month participants will

  • attend a skill-building educational workshop (see topic list below).
  • volunteer with a group of their choice (including PJALS of course!).

Workshop Topics:

  • Campaigns for Change: Planning and Coordinating
  • How to Recruit and Mobilize
  • Effective Meetings
  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Generating Media Coverage
  • Public Speaking
  • Nonviolence and Militarism
  • Identity, Privilege, and Oppression
  • LGBT Equality and Liberation
  • Moving Racial Justice Campaigns
  • Corporate Power: An Economic Reality Check
  • Negotiating with People in Power
  • …and more!

YALP bullhorn logo and slogansWe provide a gathering place for young people to ask questions, to educate each other, and to explore social justice work together. Our hands-on program helps grow a vibrant network of young people committed to social justice. In addition to our monthly two-hour workshops, a Saturday retreat in the fall and in the spring mean we can cover lots of ground, provide a full toolbox of tools–not to mention a binder of resources–and really accelerate the development so that your group can make the changes you want to see… better, faster, stronger! 

Support Young LeadersDonate to support youth leadership! Your donation at any level will make a difference! Costs will include dedicated staff time, materials, food, and, if we can, bus passes and stipends for those who complete the commitment. Your donation of $50, $100, or any amount will help fund this exciting program! You can sponsor a youth leader at $1000 or co-sponsor at $500, or sponsor a workshop at $300. It’s easy at www.pjals.org/contribute.

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