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Young Leaders, Strong City

Young Leaders, Strong City (YLSC)’s mission is to equip a network of students, educators, and their adult allies with tools to analyze, advocate, and dismantle systemic racism in themselves, their schools and communities.

Young Leaders, Strong City is the student-centered arm of local nonprofit organization The Imagining Freedom Institute (IF). The IF Institute focuses on dismantling institutional and structural racism, providing a historical analysis of inequitable policies and practices, addressing intersectionality in issues and solutions, and envisioning a more equitable society.

As a youth-centered extension of The IF Institute, Young Leaders, Strong City offers unique community programming year-round. Young Leaders, Strong City also partners with local school districts, higher education institutions, and other nonprofits. They host learning labs, district-specific summits, student councils, and an annual summit. YLSC also works with educators and administrators to create systemic change on campuses and in communities.

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Watch a recap of the YLSC 2020 annual summit.

Young Leaders, Strong City (YLSC)’s mission is to equip a network of students, educators, and their adult allies with tools to analyze, advocate, and dismantle systemic racism in themselves, their schools and communities.

The YLSC Youth Advisory Committee is held in partnership with Rising Blazers. The Youth Advisory Committee meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Young Leaders, Strong City
Program Offerings

Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Leadership Development

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