Youth United for Change (YUC)

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Youth United for Change (YUC) is a democratic organization primarily made up of working class youth of color, which builds the "people power" necessary to hold school officials and government accountable to guarantee the educational rights of Philadelphia public school students. At YUC, low-income young people organize campaigns geared towards ensuring high quality public education for all young Philadelphians. YUC wins positive educational policy changes through school-and community-based organizing. A diverse group of young people comes together to identify common concerns, and act collectively as key stakeholders to create strategies to influence policy-making, with the goal of carrying out comprehensive educational reforms in the Philadelphia public school system. Our approach to youth-led advocacy amplifies the voice and impact of young people and the communities that support them towards creating systemic change; and creates the conditions for young people to simultaneously develop as critically strategic leaders.

The majority of YUC's youth leaders not only attend public schools in dire need of additional resources, staff and repairs, they also come from diverse sections of Philadelphia that historically have been marginalized economically and politically.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's About page.