Archive for January, 2015

Monitor the Echo Park Court Case Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015


Our Definition of “Youth Development”

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Ed LOBOS Youth LAPD 1-15

Youth Development
A field of community building work that promotes that all children and youth ages 0-24:
1. Are precious;
2. Have an unlimited ability to grow, to contribute, to heal and to repair harm;
3. Must be seen by their strengths and resilience rather than their perceived deficits;
4. Must be protected from harsh discipline, extreme sentencing, adult laws/courts/systems and institutions;
5. Have the right to citizenship and protection from discrimination, detention and deportation based on where they were born;
6. Have a right to critique and shape the world around them, including the right to speak out and organize in their schools and communities; to participate actively in the development of policies and laws that govern their schools and communities; and to dismantle harmful policies and institutions; and
7. Have a right to a comprehensive set of opportunities and resources, skills workshops and enrichment activities that ensure they develop excellence in:
A. Identity/culture (in order to build knowledge and pride of self and appreciation of others including race, ethnic, gender, spirituality, physical abilities, language, historical contributions and values);
B. Leadership, civic engagement and community action (advocacy, organizing, electoral work) that enables youth to challenge injustice and increase protections …