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Youth Advocacy: Centering Youth to Drive Systems Change

Published: 2020-02-03

Young artists and adult accomplices in organizations like RYSE in California; RE:FRAME Youth Arts Center in Arizona; and Creative Action’s Changing Lives Youth Theater Ensemble in Texas share their unique strategies for centering youth in their organization models. RYSE uses their Theory of Liberation as their guiding post, while RE:FRAME’s FUBU model means that young artists are part of the organization’s staff and board. At Changing Lives Youth Theater Ensemble, the arts are used as a vehicle for facilitating and working through difficult conversations. While different models, each organization has one mission: to center the voices and experiences of young people.