SWOP’s annual Youth Empowerment Summer Institute (YES!) is right around the corner, and we are looking for young people around Albuquerque and New Mexico to join us for this 4-day convening from July 25th – 28th. YES! is open to youth from the ages of 12-20. Unlike last year, this will not be an overnight event. There will also be no traveling stipends available this year.
At the Southwest Organizing Project we believe all youth can be leaders, and that youth want to be engaged in the decisions that affect their lives. Too often we are overlooked, tokenized, and led to believe that we are too young to know what’s best for our own lives. For youth to be leaders we need tools and resources to be empowered to create the change we want to see in our communities and for our future.
Youth Empowerment Summer Institute (YES!) is a 4-day convening, organized and hosted by SWOP youth, from July 25th-28th at the Hotel Blue in Albuquerque, New Mexico. YES! will educate, train, and empower youth to be at the forefront of creating change. During YES! we share stories to connect our own lives with larger issues and we teach strategies to impact those issues on personal, political, and community levels through organizing, mobilizing and moving to action.
We ask that you help us outreach to young people around Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Please send out emails and reminders to young people that you know who may be interested in participating and to any other youth groups and organizations. Help us make this summer institute amazing!
Please direct youth interested in registering for YES! to this link:
We thank you for your support!
— YES! Logistics and Outreach Team – Amanda, Nancy & Liz