For 10 years, MLOV has trained over 200 immigrant youth of color, originally from dozens of different countries, in community organizing, power building, and political advocacy through our SISO (Summer Institute for Summer Organizing) program. Youth also participate in “learning exchanges” and community actions with other youth-led advocacy groups. Finally, by the end of the program, youth select a campaign to work on during the academic year. These new leaders continue to participate in MLOV campaigns as part of the Youth Action Team. Recent campaigns have focused on racial equity, worker rights, and food justice in DC public schools conducting participatory research and collecting over 200 surveys from their peers. MLOV youth members represent the only immigrant student organizing body in the District advocating for lasting improvements in public education for vulnerable students, by vulnerable students.
The Youth Action Team (YAT) provides a safe space for young people in the District who share a common trajectory to come together and share their experiences, while forming a powerful message in resistance to the challenges they face in their communities.