Archive for January, 2015

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

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

EchoParkDefendants01-28-15

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 …