YouthAction

The DataCenter has been providing training support to YouthAction (Albuquerque, NM) conferences annually since 2002. This year, in addition to facilitating workshops, staff set up a “research kiosk” where conference participants dropped in to discuss the relationship between research and organizing, or even specific research questions. In previous conferences, workshop topics have included campaign research strategizing, educational justice issues, accessing public records, and prioritizing research questions—all conducted within popular education (games, scenarios) approaches tailored for youth. Since 2002, training has evolved from a heavily technical one to one incorporating popular education methods and instant access to strategic research support. In addition to incorporating youth-responsive training methods, the DC has also been receptive to providing more substantial trainings on campaign research strategy, youth empowerment, environmental justice, economic justice, and immigrant and border justice issues.