PICO leaders are winning recreational opportunities for young people and helping at-risk youth find positive roles in society. Our federations are training young people in the same leadership development skills that adults learn in PICO.
Here are examples of how PICO is helping young people build the power to influence the decisions that shape their lives:
Addressing Youth Issues
Youth leaders from Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) in San Bernardino, California have won $250,000 from the city for youth violence prevention programming and the creation of a citywide Youth Commission. They have also won support from the school district and local labor council for the creation of a Project Labor Agreement covering a $600 million school bond that will apprentice youth in construction trades and build schools with local labor.
For years, Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) has brought together young people from across the city to address youth issues. Youth leaders have organized to win reductions in youth fares on buses and light rail that have helped increase school attendance. Currently, ACT is working on increasing city funding for youth violence prevention programming.
Building Community Support
San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) is working to create a dense network of relationships between public and private entities that focus on youth in southeastern San Diego. Elected and appointed officials from the city, county, school system, together with nonprofit leaders and 30 SDOP clergy, have committed to collaborate to increase school attendance, decrease truancy and dropouts, and create innovative diversion programs and enrichment activities such as afterschool programs, recreational opportunities, and job training.
In-State Tuition Campaigns
In 2008, Metro Organizations for People (MOP) in Denver, Colorado took a lead role in establishing a diverse statewide coalition, the Higher Education Access Alliance, to promote equal access to higher education for undocumented students. The coalition includes 26 organizations, including tuition equity endorsements from the Colorado Education Association, Colorado Association of School Board Executives, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, the Denver City Council, and the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. In January 2009, the Alliance introduced tuition equity legislation to secure access to instate tuition and state financial aid.