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|About||Forward Together Youth is an Oakland-based Asian youth program leading a campaign to ensure that all Oakland students get a comprehensive sex education that has a justice framework and addresses their specific experiences.|
|Mission||Encouraging Asian youth in Oakland to develop their self-awareness and claim their power to stand up for long-term well-being of themselves, their families, and their communities.|
Forward Together has a rich history of organizing Asian youth in Oakland. In 2005, we began doing youth organizing work with young Asian women, creating safer spaces for them to both talk and take action around the issues most pressing in their everyday lives. Beginning in 2011, we extended our youth organizing work to include young Asian men after identifying the need to build power, allyship, and solidarity across gender.
Currently, Forward Together Youth’s Coreyouth organizing program is made up of passionate and creative Asian young people that lead our Sex Ed the City: More than Just Protection campaign. CORE brings together a diverse base of high-school-aged people in Oakland for social and political action related to young people's access to sexual health resources and information. Through event planning, analyzing policy, producing videos, talking to decision-makers, and presenting in classrooms and the community, our Core youth leaders are bringing necessary changes to comprehensive sex education on a local, state, and national level. Through this most recent work, we have grown into a multi-gender youth organizing program that centers the experiences of queer and trans young people.
Our youth organizing work:
- Gathers 60–80 young Asian folks each year, ages 14–20, from low-income, immigrant, and refugee families, and train them to be leaders in their communities who make change around the issues that are important to them.
- Encourages young Asian folks in Oakland to develop their self-awareness and claim their power to stand up for long-term well-being of themselves, their families, and their communities.
- Operate year-round, including a summer session, and welcome new participants at different times throughout the year.