Our Programs Core


Core, YIA’s foundational programming, is designed and facilitated by our part-time youth Co-Coordinators (CoCos). It allows youth the opportunity to explore their foundational “Core” (identities, values, culture, stories and truths), and establish a leadership style that is unique to them.  Core gives youth the space to push against the social dynamics of the oppression and marginalization they often face due to their identities. Core youth are able to participate in YIA’s larger organizing and community-building work, helping build their skills and seek peer-mentors.

We understand that youth may have established their “core” through other opportunities or with some of our partnering organizations. It is possible for these youth to enter directly into the next level of programming.

A group of youth sitting and laughing together in a meeting room

Core is where it all begins, and applications are always open!