Young Leaders, Strong City (YLSC) was founded in 2014 to create a space for high school students to have conversations about race. Since its founding, YLSC has worked with over 1,300 students from across DFW to have conversations about race. YLSC's mission is to equip a network of students, educators, and their adult allies with tools to analyze, advocate, and dismantle systemic racism and inequities in themselves, their schools and communities through student organizing. Originally founded through the efforts of several local leaders and organizations, YLSC, is in its sixth year of programming, housed at The Imagining Freedom Institute, LLC.
The Imagining Freedom Institute (The IF Institute), co-founded in 2017, is rooted in action-oriented and equitable capacity building for institutions/ organizations.
The National IF Institute office is based in Dallas, TX. The IF Institute focuses on education as a means to dismantle institutional and structural racism, providing historical analysis of inequitable policy and practices, implementing equity and social justice, and envisioning a more equitable society rooted in joy and liberation.
The IF Institute’s training method is based in anti-racism fundamentals, historical analysis and understanding power dynamics in systems and structures; our goal is help organizations develop a strategic action plan for racial equity through customized trainings and ongoing consultation. The IF Institute works with organizations to create an equitable plan of change and/or equity audit/assessment, which includes an institutional commitment and results in an equitable redistribution of shared power. The work begins by creating a historical analysis of the organization, the organization’s city and state.
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