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 40–hour staff person to co-coordinate our Higher Learning program in East Palo Alto. 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.  Higher Learning, YUCA’s high school organizing program, is an intense program combining leadership development with community organizing that targets high school aged youth of color in the East Palo Alto area. 


Start Date: October 10th, 20th


Position: Co-Program Director



The Co-Program Director is responsible for co-coordinating major areas of the Higher Learning program:

75% Program work:  Supervise high school aged youth in organizing campaigns and education projects in the community; Mentor high school youth; Work with youth to develop their skills in computer, facilitation, public speaking, outreach, project planning, etc; Work with other staff to create leadership development curriculum for high school youth; Coordinate with other Higher Learning staff to design, implement, and evaluate Higher Learning activities (which includes weekly check-ins and quarterly staff retreats); Coordinate evaluation activities for Higher Learning (which includes quarterly individual evaluations, quarterly group evaluations, and bi-annual overnight retreats); Advise youth in project planning, implementation, and evaluation; Work with other staff to coordinate all other YUCA activities; Be a resource to the youth and their projects.

  • Lead Regional San Mateo County Youth Collaborative (SMCYC) Effort as an extension of YUCA programming. This includes meeting with SMCYC co-coordinators 2x’s a month; co-coordination of youth planning committee; co-coordination of once a month gatherings; developing a plan for outreaching to other organizations; ongoing workplan

  • Support co-coordinator in implementing all campaign activities: 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 movement in work area and activities regarding social justice and all related subject matter, in the East Palo Alto. Act as a liaison to community and partner organizations.

  • Internal Program Support: Lead some internal leadership trainings for the youth including skill-building trainings, critical analysis sessions, core retreats, events and workshops, etc.

  • Program Planning: Participate in all program team check-ins. Participate and lead 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.

  • Report to: Executive Director in bi-weekly check-in’s and reflection spaces.

10% Staff Management Coordinate and supervise one Higher Learning Assistant Coordinator to implement the program i.e. staff development, discipline, conduct work performance evaluations, communication, and weekly checkins 

5% Fundraising: Identify and implement fundraising strategies for Higher Learning program (which includes grant-writing and grassroots fundraising).

5% Liaison: Be a liaison to parents, guardians, and other family members concerning Higher Learning/ YUCA events; Represent YUCA and Higher Learning to funders, news media, etc; Outreach to other community based networks working on similar issues.

5% Administration: Coordinate all necessary paperwork for youth to fully participate in Higher Learning (youth paper work, processing stipends etc.).


Desired Qualifications:

·       Experience supervising, working with and mentoring high school youth a must

·       Computer skill a must

·       Community work/involvement a must

·       Community organizing experience is highly desired

·       Familiarity with issues facing youth in East Palo Alto or other similar communities preferred

·       Fluency in Spanish, Samoan, or Tongan a plus

·       Driver’s license a must

·       Car is preferred

·       Ability to work and deal with diverse environments, work under pressure, multitask, be self-disciplined, work as a team player a must

·       Have a sense of humor and a lot of patience

·       Willing to challenge self to meet these desired qualifications

·       Willing and able to make a two year commitment

The ideal candidate should have experience working with young people of color, organizing experience (preferably community organizing experience), know and have experience in multi-tasking and balancing different responsibilities that need to be done. He/ she will be working with young people and must be engaging and a mentor to them. He/ she should be an effective trouble-shooter, be reflective, can take initiative, and can manage budgets. Candidate should have knowledge of social justice issues, have a commitment to the empowerment of low-income young people of color, and experience working inter-generationally. He/ she should have some experience in coalition and collaborative work, be effective and efficient in planning/executing logistics, is detail oriented, possess good time management skills, have basic computer skills, be a “people person”, able to work under pressure, is self-organized, a team player and can work successfully in a fast-paced environment.

Offered Salary is between $39,000-$42,000/yr depending on experience. Benefits include Vision, Dental and Medical.  A short term probationary period will be implemented before Benefits are disbursed. 


To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter and a 2 page maximum essay that answers 2 of the following:

1.      Why do you want to work for YUCA?

2.      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?

3.      Describe a moment that you inspired you as an organizer and talk about what it meant to you…

4.      With Gentrification at an all-time high, there is much reasoning from our families that they want EPA to remain the same. Do you agree with this sentiment? Why or why not?


Please submit the above by mail, fax or email by Monday, Sep 12th, 2017 to:

YUCA, 2135 Clarke Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303; Fax: (650) 322-1820; Email: