On Youth Justice, Police Violence, and Racism

“As an entity dedicated to supporting youth-led social change, we have been both appalled by the recent police violence against young people and inspired by the powerful community response…”

Click below to read the public statement written by PFF President Laura McCargar.

New Research from PFF: Strengthening A Nascent Field

Published in May 2019, “Strengthening a Nascent Field: Lessons from the Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity Initiative” documents the impact of PFF’s BLOC Initiative on CT’s youth organizing landscape. It also outlines the lessons we learned along the way and key takeaways for funders interested in advancing social change.

"Celebrating Youth Power": PFF Turns 25

Family and friends of of the Perrin Family Foundation gathered in New Haven to reflect on and celebrate the legacy of youth led social change in Connecticut. With a focus on connection, youth power, and truth-telling, we gathered to honor the impact, importance, and transformative power of youth organizing in Connecticut. Click here to read more about the event!

On Youth Justice, Police Violence, and Racism

“As an entity dedicated to supporting youth-led social change, we have been both appalled by the recent police violence against young people and inspired by the powerful community response…”

Click below to read the public statement written by PFF President Laura McCargar.

Youth Organizations Collaborate for Educational Justice in CT

In early March, students from across Connecticut gathered to testify at the Capitol for two bills that would require schools to include African American, Puerto Rican, and Latino studies in K – 12 schools statewide. The students represented several youth organizations, Citywide Youth CoalitionConnecticut Students for a DreamHearing Youth Voices, and Students for Educational Justice, with each organization being a member of the Connecticut Black and Brown Student Union (CT BBSU), a network of youth organizations that spans the state and organizational issue area.

Community Organizer Brings Lived Experience to New Role

We sat down with Ta’LannaMonique Miller from Citywide Youth Coalition (CWYC) and learned about the work she has been doing as their Community Organizer. Having personal experience with the justice system, Ta’LannaMonique brings her passion, experience, and knowledge to her position.

New Research from PFF: "Strengthening A Nascent Field"

Published in May 2019, “Strengthening a Nascent Field: Lessons from the Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity Initiative” documents the impact of PFF’s BLOC Initiative on CT’s youth organizing landscape. It also outlines the lessons we learned along the way and key takeaways for funders interested in advancing social change.

The Perrin Family Foundation partners with organizations based in under-resourced communities across Connecticut in order to create environments that support
youth as leaders of social change.

Why Youth Led Social Change?

Creating opportunities for youth to share their truths, question the status quo, exercise leadership and take action to create change will not only pave the way for young people’s lifelong participation and leadership in the civic sphere, it also has the potential to transform our youth, communities, and institutions in the here and now.

GRANTMAKING

Investing in organizations and grassroots groups engaged in youth-led social change

CAPACITY BUILDING

Deepening the effectiveness and impact of youth-led social change efforts across Connecticut

FIELD BUILDING

Cultivating a community and philanthropic ecosystem committed to youth-led social change

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“Celebrating Youth Power”: PFF’s 25th Anniversary

In Early October, family and friends of of the Perrin Family Foundation gathered in New Haven to reflect on and celebrate the legacy of youth led social change in Connecticut. With a focus on connection, youth power, and truth-telling, the evening's events included a...

PFF Hosts Grantee Partner Social

Building community and nurturing relationships are foundational parts of creating momentum for social change. Beyond simply networking, genuine community can provide the laughter and love necessary for sustaining movements.   This past year, some exciting changes and...

While there was a stark increase in young ppl #voting, there are still many barriers to youth participating in #elections.

How can you have an impact on young #voters and in increase access to casting a ballot tomorrow?

Analysis | https://t.co/ncmOgxezgI

“There’s a real opportunity to support young people power - young people have the power to flip elections. It’s about how we get organized as a sector to best support them in this moment.” - Rachel Gilmer, .@Dreamdefenders

Our final panel is “Spotlight: Strengthening Youth Power in Florida” with Rachel Gilmer at .@Dreamdefenders and David Caicedo at Florida Student Power.

“It’s not helpful to make isolated tables of youth organizations, we need to be at larger tables where the money is and statewide and national organizations and foundations can have the backs of local organizations” - Sarah Audelo, .@alliance4youth

What is something that you need help with, but can't find help for? Is there a resource that you can't find but wish you had?

Our next panel is on “Infrastructure & Power Building Programs” with Sarah Audelo .@alliance4youth, Amanda Mayos .@PPGenAction, H. Drew Galloway st .@MOVE_texas, and Clarissa Unger, Students Learn Students Vote.

“Young people are often thought of as targets to drive out [for votes] rather than drivers of change” - Reginald Bolding, .@AzC4C

“Issues not candidates is an important point - there’s something about participating in a system that’s not built for you that just sits in your bones” - Adrian Reyna, .@UNITEDWEDREAM

Next up is a panel on “Movements Leading Civic Participation” with Adrian Reyna of @UNITEDWEDREAM, Roksana Borzouei of Student Power, Tiffany Dena Loftin @NAACP Youth and College Division, and Reginald Bolding of Arizona Coalition for Change.

Today, we’re attending the “One Year Out: Youth Civic Engagement in 2020” gathering to learn across state lines about how to bring in new resources and share about the work groups, people, and movements are building around this work.

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CONTACT US

85 Willow Street
New Haven, CT 06511

(203) 438-7349
info@perrinfamilyfoundation.org

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