Center for Third World Organizing
The Praxis Project is an intermediary with expertise in the effective facilitation of multi-site support initiatives focusing on youth-led and multigenerational racial justice organizing. With over 15 years of experience in the field, the staff have facilitated various grassroots networks on issues including education and racial justice, civic engagement in communities of color, food and health policy, grounded in a racial justice analysis. Praxis is known for the ability to assist in the development and implementation of informed, strategic, policy-focused initiatives grounded in both an analysis of structural racism and other systems of oppression combined with knowledge of best and emerging practices.
Padres y Jóvenes Unidos is a grassroots parent and youth organization in Denver that has successfully moved education reform explicitly based on a sophisticated analysis of racial injustice. Padres has developed a well regarded political education curriculum that is used with their multi-generational membership and is respected for their attention to leader and staff development and training and effective racial justice organizing. Padres has been described as a grassroots organization adept at evolving new organizing practices grounded in knowledge and experience in movement history; they have also served leadership roles in regional and national grassroots coalitions and alliances.
Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) provides technical assistance, training and support to grassroots organizers and organizations throughout the country. Their training curriculum is rooted in popular education pedagogy, serving as a vehicle for engaging people in social transformation aimed at dismantling systemic oppression and promoting racial justice. Their Community Action Training Program and Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program are well known training opportunities for social justice organizing.
SOUL: School of Unity and Liberation is an intermediary that works with youth-led organizations to develop the capacity of people of color to take leadership in their communities, and to build collective power via racial justice organizing. SOUL’s training intensives include the National Youth Organizing Training Institute, Training for Trainers and In It to Win It Strategy School. They have also produced several training manuals that are being used or adapted for use by many Hazen grantees and other youth organizing groups across the country.
This set of four grants will enable The Praxis Project, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Center for Third World Organizing, and SOUL: School of Unity and Liberation to provide support, assistance and training to Hazen grantees in order to enhance their ability to undertake effective racial justice organizing campaigns.