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Share. Lead. Change.

Where youth share their stories, practice leadership, and create change in their communities.

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Our Work

We create opportunities for youth to become agents of change through transformative youth leadership programming. We create brave spaces for youth to bring their cultures, values, identities, and truths and then build the skills and tools to name and address equity issues in their communities. Through their leadership, Youth In Action works to create more caring and fair public institutions and systems.

  • After School Programming
  • Youth-Led Coalitions & Partnerships
  • Outdoor Equity & Adventure Learning
  • Youth-Led Workshops & Trainings

Our Philosophy

At YIA, we are push ourselves, deepening our practices and commitment to intergenerational collaboration through a youth-led lens. We believe that youth and adults can learn from each other and work together to create impactful systemic change. At YIA, adults serve as mentors, allies and coconspirators. Adults amplify the voices of youth, collaboratively cultivating spaces for genuine, sustainable youth-led work.

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Workshops in Action

YIA youth travel across the New England Region facilitating workshops on identity, power structures, undoing racism, student activism, and more.