Every summer MLOV trains 20+ immigrant youth of color, originally from dozens of different countries, in community organizing, power building, and political advocacy through our Summer Institute for Summer Organizing (SISO) program. Youth participate in “learning exchanges” and community actions with other youth-led advocacy groups. By the end of the program, youth select a campaign to work on during the academic year.
New student leaders continue to participate in year-round programming as part of the Youth Action Team. Our program focuses on 1) addressing youth social-emotional needs, 2) providing academic support, and 3) catalyzing youth-led social change campaigns. Recent campaigns have focused on Cancel Rent, racial equity, worker rights, and food justice in DC public schools.
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 team 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.