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Wednesday, October 16 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Lifting Up Leaders: Youth Leadership

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For family foundations that see supporting youth-led social change as aligned with their place-based and value-based giving goals, there are a set of best practices and lessons to be learned from family foundation peers that already support this work. Hear from staff and trustees at family foundations that have prioritized funding for youth and community-led social change efforts, and hear from a youth organizing leader about what’s needed to support their community organizing. Join as all share their personal and institutional journey stories, and discuss the power of supporting youth leaders, making space for grantee leadership, supporting movements and diverse representation.

Related Resources
Four Lessons for Effectively Engaging Youth
Building Transformative Leadership: Data on the Impacts of Youth Organizing
A New Role for CT Youth: Leaders of Social Change
Strengthening a Nascent Field: Lessons from the Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity Initiative
FCYO Program Overview
Transforming Young People and Communities Report

Speakers
avatar for Meyiya Coleman

Meyiya Coleman

Communities United
Meyiya Coleman is a proud young Black woman born and raised in North Lawndale, a neighborhood on the westside of Chicago suffering from a lack of investment. In 2016, Meyiya joined the Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a youth-led alliance organizing for education and... Read More →
avatar for Maria Degillo

Maria Degillo

Youth Director, Communities United
Maria Paula Gareza Degillo is the Youth Director at Communities United and Coordinator of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education. Maria draws her passion for community organizing from her identity as a 29 year old pansexual muslim-convert born and raised in the Philippines. When she... Read More →
avatar for Ray Holgado

Ray Holgado

Board Member, Andrus Family Fund
Ray Holgado is a board member at the Andrus Family Fund and the Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
avatar for Laura McCargar

Laura McCargar

President, Perrin Family Foundation
Laura McCargar was appointed as President of the Perrin Family Foundation in June of 2016. Laura joined the foundation in 2012 as a Program Officer, where she played a central role in designing the foundation’s youth-led social change grantmaking strategy and oversaw the development... Read More →
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Liz Sak

Executive Director, Cricket Island Foundation
Liz Sak became the second Executive Director of the Cricket Island Foundation in 2008, overseeing all aspects of the Foundation’s management including finance, program development, grantmaking, and field building.Prior to joining the foundation, Liz spent more than two decades running... Read More →
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Mona Yeh

Communications Director, Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing
Mona has followed her work in nonprofits, communications, media production, youth development, and civic education to Chicago, DC, and Hyderabad, India to train and work with communities around how to use media for action and change. These organizations include Free Spirit Media... Read More →



Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Armitage Room, 4th Floor Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611