The Perrin Family Foundation envisions a Connecticut where young people are vital leaders in creating safe, healthy and just communities.
WHY YOUTH LED SOCIAL CHANGE?
The Perrin Family Foundation understands youth-led social change as a long-term process that builds the confidence, knowledge, skills and collective power of young people while addressing the root causes of injustice and equity in their lives and community.
Our mission and strategy is informed by our deeply held belief that youth become stronger – and communities become safer, healthier and more just – when young people’s voices are valued, respected, and engaged as equals in the decision-making processes that impact their lives and communities.
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.
We see the development of youth leadership and positive community change as mutually reinforcing and inextricably linked. When youth voices are authentically engaged, the communities, institutions and systems that shape their lives become more inclusive and responsive. And when those communities, institutions and structures are held accountable for offering equitable opportunities and resources, then all youth will truly be able to realize their full potential.