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Social Movements and Governing Power

An Overview of Youth Serving Organizations and Intermediaries It Supports

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). 

December 2019

By Veronica Terriquez – University of California, Santa Cruz

This report describes the TCE-supported Youth Power Infrastructure and indicators of impact. The report begins with a conceptual description of what youth power looks like at the individual, community, and regional/ statewide levels. Next, it turns to the organizations that directly serve youth, as well as the intermediaries that provide technical expertise and deepen networks among those trying to address health and racial disparities across the state. Finally, the report provides a brief accounting of fairly recent milestones and victories TCE-funded organizations have achieved in advancing health and well-being. The conclusion summarizes findings and offers suggestions for further strengthening this infrastructure.


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