Youth United for Community Action

Youth United for Community Action

"Locked out of the legal means of material survival, looked down upon by predatory politicians and police, left with the least relevant educational opportunities, talked at with contempt and not talked to with love-- is there any question why such youth are alienated?... 

They look at the lives they live and see not "civil rights progress", but a drumbeat of civil repression by a state at war with their dreams.

Why the surprise?

This is not the lost generation....

They are the children of the L.A. rebellion, the children of the MOVE bombing, the children of the Black Panthers, and the grandchildren of Malcolm; far from lost, they are probably the most aware generation since Nat Turner's; they are not so much lost as they are mislaid, discarded by this increasingly racist system that undermines their inherent worth. They are all potential revolutionaries, with the historical power to transform our dull realities.

If they are lost, find them." 

Mumia Abu Jamal -- Journalist, Black Panther, Political Prisoner



Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) is hiring a new Social Justice Campaign Organizer!

Led and run by young people of color, YUCA seeks to provide a vehicle for youth to empower themselves and develop productive life skills through community organizing and leadership development.  We believe youth need to be understood, supported and empowered to help transform themselves and our communities. Their voices should be nurtured in a space where they can unlearn systems of oppression and make decisions that promote and implement social and environmental justice principles.

Position: Social Justice Campaign Organizer

Location: East Palo Alto, California

Reports to: Executive Director

Position Overview: The Campaign Organizer is primarily responsible for coordinating all activities of YUCA’s social justice campaigns.  More specifically, the Campaign Organizer is responsible for the following: 

  • Lead, implement and coordinate all activities of the social justice campaigns: Assist in recruiting youth and young people to join the campaign.  Lead, participate in, coordinate, and evaluate all weekly and long-term planning activities for youth leadership in the campaign. Work one on one with youth and/or lead trainings to be able to develop organizing skills among youth organizers. Be up to date on housing policy landscape, local public education systems, immigrant rights movement, restorative justice, environmental justice, and other relevant areas of practice. Act as a liaison to community and partner organizations.  

  • Internal Program Support: Support Higher Learning Program Director in internal leadership trainings for the youth including skill-building trainings, political education sessions, critical analysis sessions, core retreats, events and workshops, etc.  

  • Program Planning: Participate in all program team check-ins. Participate and support long-range planning and visioning for program activities. 

  • Organizational Development Activities: Participate in organizational development activities including but not limited to staff development, staff meetings, retreats, fundraising, and program support.  Be an active mentor to youth of color. 

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have experience working with young people of color, organizing experience (preferably community organizing), multi-tasking and expertise in the area of environmental justice. Candidate should also possess a valid driver’s license. Candidate should have knowledge of social justice issues relevant to EPA, have a commitment to the empowerment of low-income young people of color, and experience working intergenerationally. You should have some experience in coalition and collaborative work, be effective and efficient in planning/executing logistics, detail oriented, possess good time management skills, have basic computer skills, able to work under pressure, be flexible, be self-organized, be a team player and keep up in a fast-paced environment. Most importantly, you should be Youth Friendly! We love our young people and are looking for team members who are able to relate to their struggles, stories and aspirations.

Salary & Benefits: Starting salary is $45,760/year with medical, vision, dental, and life insurance benefits and vacation. Position is 40 hours per week. Hours may vary and will include evenings as well as some weekends. 

Position Starts November, 2019.

To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter and a two page maximum response to the following questions: 

  1. Tell us about an organizing campaign you worked on.  What was your role in the campaign? What were the goal(s), target(s), tactics you used to achieve your goals?  Who was the constituency you were trying to organize? What were the results of the campaign, the challenges, and lessons learned? 

  2. Where do you see yourself in next 3-5 years?

Please submit the above by email or mail by Friday, November 1, 2019 to:

YUCA, 2135 Clarke Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303; Email: