About Invest In Youth
The Long Beach Invest in Youth Coalition is a citywide network of grassroots organizations and community members who believe all young people should be loved, believed in and cared for! Through leadership development, advocacy, and participatory budgeting we work together to ensure our city guarantees its youth residents opportunities to thrive in strong, healthy, and whole communities no matter their zip code, age, race, ability, income, or immigration status
Young people, ages 0-24 make up close to 1/3 of the city's population and roughly 1 in 4 of those under the age of 18 live in poverty. And, too often Black, Indigenous and people of color are rarely included in city-level decision processes that affect their everyday lives. This intentional institutional divestment and exclusion create real barriers to health, education, and economic access: the most impoverished communities have also been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, housing instability, unemployment; and it's youth often choose between the need to survive or stay focused in school.
We must continue to work in solidarity to create a city where all youth can reach their full potential. When young people and their families are included in making decisions about how city dollars are spent in our Long Beach community, we build a more democratic and equitable city for all!
The Long Beach Invest in Youth Coalition worked to bring forth the first Long Beach Youth and Emerging Adults Strategic Plan, a blueprint of budget priorities adopted by the city and co-created by youth! A historic win, this plan also brought forth the first Office of Youth Development (housed in the Health and Human Services Department) and a $1M allocation from the passage of Measure US to kick off the first ever Long Beach Youth Fund.
Join us today to trailblaze a progressive city where youth are a priority and lead the way!