Baltimore's Peer-to-Peer Youth Enterprises: Employment, Education, Organizing

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Cobo Hall: D3-16
Full Description: 

50 years ago, young people could usually leave school at 15, 16 or 18, and find work that would pay their bills. That day is gone. Today, young people must stay in school much longer—but they still have bills to pay. For this reason, youth jobs that simultaneously earn cash income and advance students towards success in school and college are a part of the right to an education.
In Baltimore, a coalition called Peer-to-Peer Youth Enterprises has been organizing to promote this idea. Specifically, the Peer-to-Peer Coalition (including the Baltimore Algebra Project) has demanded that hundreds of millions of dollars be shifted from the prison-industrial complex to education-based youth jobs.
So far, youth in Baltimore have shaken loose $3 million in public and private funds to go towards education-based youth employment. This has created a potential organizing base for youth jobs and education.
This interactive workshop will
1. See video of dramatic direct action students have taken towards this goal.
2. Plan strategies for extending this effort in other cities.
3. Create a Peer-to-Peer National Network as a means of staying connected after the Social Forum ends.

Organizer Name: 
Jay Gillen
Organizer Email:
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
Baltimore Algebra Project
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