Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Youth Organizing

The goal of PICC’s statewide youth organizing project is to bring forward the voices of immigrant and refugee youth. Through our youth committee meetings and local trainings we teach our youth about organizing 101, storytelling, advocacy, strategy and campaign development. Youth leaders are included in PICC decision making processes, including deciding on advocacy issue priorities, choosing campaigns, and representing the organization at public events.

Our work supports the growth and leadership development of youth led committees across the state, including in Reading, West Chester, Upper Darby, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Lancaster.

Every summer PICC hosts a Statewide Youth Convening bringing together youth from across the state for a weekend of community building, skills and organizing development based on the needs and topics defined by our youth. Our statewide convening is 100% youth led – 100% decision making, agenda development, fundraising, outreach, coordination and youth engagement. Read about the 2015 and 2016 youth convenings.

Information about our summer 2017 Statewide Youth Convening is coming soon!

Some accomplishments in 2016:

  • PICC’s youth committees in Reading, Delaware and Chester county continued to meet regularly
  • PICC hired and placed two summer organizing interns with local community organizations: Alianzas de Phoenixvile in Phoenixville and International Service Center in Harrisburg.
  • Attendees from the 2015 youth convening and members of PICC youth committees stepped into new leadership roles and became our 2016 convening organizers. They worked hard doing outreach, fundraising, mobilizing diverse youth from across the state, and directing our successful weekend.
  • Engaged youth in the education justice and family detention campaign, civic engagement and Get Out the Vote work.

Do you want to get involved or need support starting a youth committee in your area? Contact Maria Sotomayor at mariasotomayor@paimmigrant.org or 215-832-3482.