Movement Matters is pleased to announce our latest report, Building Youth Voice for Youth Power in the DMV: Lessons from the Field.
The report compiles findings from 18 formal interviews, informal listening projects and conversations with youth leaders and youth workers, as well as our own experiences in supporting and accompanying youth workers, youth advocates, youth organizers, and their programs for over 22 years.
Building Youth Voice for Youth Power in the DMV: Lessons from the Field informs the growth of youth voice and youth power work in the region and also has lessons for the field that extend beyond the DMV. The report offers a framework for youth work that helps clarify the distinction between approaches while also identifying how these approaches can be networked together as an ecosystem to support the development of youth power.
Movement Matters is committed to the use of a values-based approach to organizing and movement building that is intersectional, anti-oppression, and anti-racist. We applied these values in the report by intentionally looking at the role of racial equity and systems change within youth work.
We thank the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation for their ongoing efforts to change the way philanthropy is supporting work on the ground and for commissioning this report.
We sincerely appreciate the time, trust, and recommendations provided by the groups we interviewed as well as their commitment to youth work in the DMV.
We look forward to ongoing action-oriented conversations around strengthening and deepening youth voice, youth work, and youth power in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and beyond.
We keep building.