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Social Movements and Governing Power

From 2008 to 2019, the USC Equity Research Institute (ERI) published reports under our previous name, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE). 

February 2015

By Veronica Terriquez, Michael Chavez, and Angela Ross

To provide some frame of reference for the Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC)’s efforts, this report begins with a brief overview of the history and geographic context of ICUC’s work with youth. This report:

  • Outlines the process by which ICUC seeks to develop youth members’ leadership and engage them in campaigns;
  • Describes ICUC’s current youth membership and the involvement of its members in youth organizing activities; and
  • Details the various ways in which ICUC contributes to the healthy development and leadership capacity of its members.

The findings presented are based on surveys collected from 61 ICUC youth in 2013, follow-up in-depth interviews with 10 ICUC youth members, interviews with staff, participant observations, and archival data.

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