The Youth Affinity Network (YAN) evolved from Praxis’ Transformative Schools Network (TSN). TSN was originally formed by youth-centered organizations within the Praxis Network to address issues important to youth and change the way the U.S. thinks about what creates healthy school environments. TSN member organizations worked to create healthy and safe environments for youth to grow and thrive by organizing to remove police from schools, organizing for healthier food and beverage options in schools, organizing to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, and various other issues.
Today, Praxis’ Youth Affinity Network seeks to encourage collaboration and united action among youth-centered organizations. Despite youth being directly affected by policies concerning health care, immigration, education reform, and criminal justice, youth voices are not always included in national conversations. The Youth Affinity Network is working to change that and build the youth movement to elevate youth voices in the national discussion.
Youth Affinity Network Meeting in Boston
Members of the network worked together to define community safety from a youth perspective. We looked at “safety” not from the typical viewpoint of the absence of *insert particular crimes here* but the presence of positive features within a community. Here is what the youth and the youth organizers came up with:
We define a safe community as one that…
Youth in the Movement have an understanding that the way to build a healthy, stable community is to first create a community where ALL community members are valued. #ListenToTheYouth
Click the logos below to view each organization’s website within the Youth Affinity Network!