Our Afterschool high school-based programs offer a safe environment where youth develop a social justice identity, hone emerging leadership skills, and ultimately cope with the difficulties of being adolescents facing challenges around both their personal and family life.
To better understand the dynamics of power and oppression, FAJ uses the Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit to engage youth on topics that range from dismantling gender norms and patriarchy to the legacy of racism in the US. FAJ also collaborates with FACES (Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity) to provide youth the opportunity to receive an environmental justice grounding through a community garden experience.
PYC started in February 1996 where local high school and young adults felt there was a need for a space for Filipino Youth empowerment and organizing in Union City. Since then, PYC has continued to be a peer-led group where the youth develop their leadership skills and create positive change within their community.
Bayanihan Youth Group is a youth community organizing team that works to make positive change in Alameda/Oakland and surrounding communities for youth. BYG youth take initiatives in creating and implementing a community campaign addressing an important issue for the community.
From these campaigns, they continue to strengthen and educate our the community about environmental justice, social justice, and immigrant rights. BYG was started by a grant from the Wilfredo Manese Family fund.
Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) Youth Participatory Action Research pulls together high school youth in South Alameda County (Fremont, Union City, Newark) to conduct transformational research within the community for the community.
The YPAR cohort explores issues happening in the community and lead a campaign to raise awareness of our findings.
FAJ’s Youth Wellness Program, develops a safe and calm space that encourages healing for their peers and community members. We seek to explore the realm of wellness through the mind, body, and spirit connection. Interns organize and facilitate a wellness offering for the commmunity at large, providing tools and skills in finding balance for their own health and wellness journey.
Youth Wellness is passionate to teach, advocate, and experiment with different ways of healing, learning from both western wellness and traditional healing practices.
Do you have any questions, or would you like to become a member?
Fill out our contact form and a staff member from our youth organizing group will be in contact with you!