The following student groups and individuals have requested and received support through CUAH's Youth Creating Change (YCC) program. These student groups and individuals are developing and implementing social justice projects designed to combat hate, bigotry and discrimination, close the achievement gap, promote inclusiveness, and build cultures of dignity.
MoCo Students for Change
MoCo Students for Change, formerly known as MoCo Students for Gun Control, is a student group composed of students from Montgomery County Public Schools. These passionate students have organized many events around the county to advocate for gun control, after many tragic and horrifying events occurred this year.
On March 14th, MoCo Students for Gun Control organized a walkout for MCPS high schoolers. Students marched to Washington D.C. and protested in front of the capitol as well as the White House. YCC provided this group with mentorship from veteran organizers and trainings on gun control policy and grassroots organizing methods. Two advocacy trainings were held - before and after the walkout - to sharpen and to reflect on students' nonviolent advocacy skills. In addition, YCC provided a $2,000 grant to MoCo Students for Change for transporting students by bus to the White House and US Capitol on March 14th.
First Class of YCC Fellows
The first class of YCC Fellows consists of 14 students who are leading social justice projects in schools all over the county. As Fellows, these students will be:
· Participating in a series of training sessions from December through June that cover project planning, grant proposal writing, fundraising, advocacy, and organizing methods;
· Working on their projects with support from CUAH mentors; and
· Preparing a well-developed grant proposal with a specific request, budget, timeline and deliverable.