January 10, 2008

A 5-Level Model of Youth Organizing

It is commonly know that human development and justice are limited by social divides. This is especially the case among economically disadvantaged children and youth. In order to address the complex issues and life conditions of youth everywhere a wide spectrum of non-profit and charitable organizations have emerged to try and address inequality and social deprivation.

Yet, of the tens of thousands of youth organizations that exist worldwide most are disconnected from each other, seemingly incapable of creating strategic partnerships or sharing innovative practices.

In order to combat fragmentation and maximize impact, youth movements need integration. A comprehensive strategy is needed to fully mobilize young people towards critical mass in order to leverage their collective potential and ensure their continued engagement as active citizens.

In response to this need, Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) has developed a 5-level Model of Effective Youth Organizing. The framework is based on 9 years of research on organizational effectiveness in youth development - and is inspired by Ken Wilber's Integral Theory.

"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven." ~Henry Ward Beecher

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