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Happy Revolutionary New Year!
The YA-YA Network wishes you a healthy and revolutionary year. We are pleased to announce the launching of our new website that details our mission statement and provides organizing resources, including popular education workshops and alternatives to enlisting into the military. 

2015 has been a very transformative year for many of our young people. We had the opportunity to build community during our camp retreat at Princeton-Blairstown Center. We also have participated to the
Dignity in Schools campaign fighting to end the school to prison pipeline. Youth and staff at YA-YA also participated in a three day Restorative Justice training conducted by restorative justice guru Eric Butler with Talking Peace. Folks gained skills in conflict mediation and trauma healing by participating in restorative justice circles.

Folks at YA-YA also had the opportunity to participate in Training for Change's "
Training for Social Action Trainers"  (TSAT) workshop. This was an intensive training designed for experienced facilitators wanting to revitalize their work, new trainers wanting to inspire, teachers, community leaders, activists -- anyone wanting to take their skills to a new level and learn how training can be used more effectively. The workshop gave people the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of the training tools, approaches and choices that will work for them to be most powerful and useful in their trainer role.

Additionally, four more youth participants were promoted to paid staff positions! YA-YAs were also speakers and presenters at numerous events and conferences including: The Gathering at Riverside Church, INCITE Color of Violence Conference in Chicago and Our Voices, Our Movement Youth Summit. YA-YAs also helped to organize and host the East Coast Solidarity Summer. In addition, we hit the streets with Millions Man March NYC chanting "Black Lives Matter." YA-YAs were also core organizers of CUNY Prison Divest and participated in ICE Free NYC and the Fight for $15 campaign. 


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On October 30th, 2015, we hosted our annual Dia De Los Muertos event Dia De Los Muertos is a traditional Mexicana celebration that centers our ancestors and loved ones that have departed. We build an ofrenda filled with memories of our loved one, as well as food and drinks that our loved ones cherished. This year we honored and celebrated our black, trans, queer, indigenous and undocumented comrades, sisters, and brothers that were taken from us due to state violence. We built an ofrenda. We also danced to a mariachi band and beat Donald Trump piñatas to a pulp!
Yes, 2015 was very successful, but we have more dope things planned for 2016. In order for us to continue doing the work we do, we need support from YOU! Just by shopping online, you could support us through the iGive Button. It's all free and so easy to be socially-conscious!  The stores make this possible because they want you to like them and shop at them over and over again.  There's 1764 socially-responsible stores helping to make donations happen.  You can learn more or sign up now  here . Once you are signed up, please consider  contributing to YA-YA . We hope you'll give it a try. :)

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The YA-YA Network is seeking youth leaders!
The YA-YA Network is looking for passionate and motivated young people interested in activism and social justice. We are seeking youth (15-19 years old) that want to learn how to take on a leadership position in a variety of social justice movements by building skills needed to make change happen.
Deadline is January 16, 2016!

APPLY HERE!
The YA-YA office, located in midtown NYC, offers the space for rentals at an hourly rate. Amazing events that have been covered here include shows, readings, concerts, birthdays, fundraisers, potlucks, movie screening, workshops, panels, trainings, award ceremonies as well as closed events like meetings for different organizations that need a quiet place to meet. The space can seat up to 50 people or accommodate larger groups standing . We also have a projector that can be used for your events. We provide a staff assistant during the time of your event as well! More info on our space rental  here.

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