Join the Student Movement for Inclusion and Justice
Combatting Attacks on Trans and LGBTQ+ Youth in 2023
Join YCD and guest speakers to hear about the recent spike in anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in state capitals across the country in 2023 — and more importantly, how to combat or push back against these attacks. It’s time for everyone to stand in solidarity against marginalization and oppression.
Student Facilitator Training
Student facilitators play a leadership role at YCD events throughout the school year, most notably at the New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth. Facilitators learn key skills including bonding, how to start a discussion, how to manage conflict, and much more — skills that will help them lead conversations on social change back in their clubs, schools, and communities.
After attending a mandatory training session, facilitators are paired and assigned discussion groups with approximately 20 students from around the state on the Conference day. Discussions can include any number of topics, including an exploration of stereotypes, bias, social problems, and sharing solutions and ideas to make schools across New Mexico safe for all identities.
New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth
The highlight of our program in the state, the New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth brings together over 400 teens and educators from 50+ schools and organizations annually to grow their skills and knowledge to advance inclusion and social justice.
Support YCD @ Colfax Marathon Weekend
Interested in running for a cause while supporting youth advancing inclusion and justice? Join Team YCD at Colfax Marathon Weekend! Whether you run 5K, 10 miles, a half marathon or the full — we can use your support!
Who and What We Fight For
We’re building a grassroots movement of students and educators organizing locally, fighting for social justice, and making schools safe and inclusive for all identities.
We provide young people with strategies to peacefully and effectively address and resolve conflicts with friends, family, peers and others. MORE >>
Disability Justice and Youth
We build understanding, empathy and connections between disabled youth and their peers to envision a world without ableism. MORE >>
We educate young people on economic inequality, strategies and resources to address these challenges, and their role in creating economic justice for all. MORE >>
Gender Justice and Equity
We support young people leading the way in abolishing gender stereotypes, advancing gender equity, and creating a world free of misogyny. MORE >>
Immigrant and Refugee Youth
We help students engage with immigrant and refugee peers, break down stereotypes, and create welcoming spaces for everyone in our schools and communities. MORE >>
Inclusive Sports and Activities
We support student athletes and activity participants making their teams and groups inclusive and welcoming for everyone’s benefit. MORE >>
Interfaith Dialogue and Cooperation
We empower and connect young people to speak and work across religious traditions to build community and advance social justice. MORE >>
We affirm everyone’s right to love whomever they love, and to make schools safe for all identities, especially LGBTQ youth. MORE >>
Mental Wellness and Healthy Relationships
We support teens building healthy relationships and combating suicide, anxiety, stress and other challenges so that young people can focus on achieving in school. MORE >>
Racial Justice and Anti-Racism
We challenge young people to recognize the impact of race and racism on American culture while also envisioning a future without racism. MORE >>
We provide young people with training and tools to build coalitions, call out injustice, and actively work for positive social change. MORE >>
Teaching for Equity and Social Justice
We train educators to play a critical support role for students learning about and addressing inequity and injustice, both in and out of the classroom. MORE >>
Ready to get started?
The YCD Program
Whether you have an existing club or want to start something new, YCD offers guidance and support to help your group advance inclusion and social justice.
Create a new student club or group to fight oppression, or learn skills and strategies to improve your existing group.
Find opportunities for youth-led and youth-focused education, so you have the knowledge and skills to make change.
Create a project of your own design to make your school or community more inclusive and just.