Beyond Surviving Inequality: Youth Leadership & SEL for Racial Justice

As funders, how can we promote approaches to youth engagement and social-emotional learning that address systemic inequities and prepare young people not only to survive injustice but to transform it?

Past Event


September 30, 2020


2-3:30p ET / 11a-12:30p PT



Join GTY and Funders’ Collaborative for Youth Organizing to discuss the intersections of SEL, youth organizing and racial justice.

Speakers will present new findings from FCYO on how organizing supports positive development and addresses both systems and personal change. Discussion will explore how to fund youth engagement and SEL for a more just world.

Webinar Recording



Megan Lane

Youth Leader, Californians For Justice

Megan is currently an 11th grader and aspires to get a medical degree in human biology to become an OBGYN. Her interest in social justice started with Californians for Justice, where she realized that just because she is a young person of color, doesn’t mean she doesn’t have power. She has a passion for racial justice and educational equity and has co-hosted several district-wide trainings on how teachers and school staff can interrupt bias and promote racial justice in the classroom. She says CFJ has given her a chance to use her voice in her own city that she never knew she had. She has been a leader at CFJ for 2+ years.

Katio Barbosa

Youth Leader, Youth on Board

Katio is a high school senior in the Boston area. He has always been an active community member, including playing varsity basketball and winning a state title, but community organizing brings out a different side of him. Kat has been involved in youth organizing throughout high school. During his time with YOB he helped lead a climate strike with a turnout of 2,000+ individuals, took a leadership position in the Coalition for a Massachusetts Green New Deal, organized 5,000+ phone banking calls to get voters registered, and led a presentation at Youth Leadership Institute on voter registration especially for young people. Kat hopes to blaze a trail for up and coming youth organizers, so that they become encouraged to seize control of their future.

Kim Sabo Flores

Co-Founder & CEO, Algorhythm

Kim Sabo Flores is the founder and principal of Kim Sabo Flores Consulting. She generates collaborative projects that educate not only program staff but also their funders about ways that participatory evaluation can help to build organizational capacity.

Sanjiv Rao

Director, Civic Engagement and Government, Ford Foundation

In his role Sanjiv builds on his past work within and outside the foundation by emphasizing ideas that are particularly relevant to Civic Engagement and Government: stitching together civil society organizations more effectively with public systems, supporting community-led solutions to systems change, and advancing agendas that center people and their lived experience in shaping inclusive civic spaces and responsive public institutions.