FUREEous Youth

Our FUREEous Youth organizing program provides a space for youth to build power through grassroots organizing, coalition building and leadership development. It is also a safe space for youth to access training, push themselves out of their comfort zones and address internalized oppression through positive youth organizing and youth development themes.

Open to young people from 12-21 years old this program features:

Grassroots Organizing: Youth learn to identify and develop community organizing skills to build an economic justice campaign. Their goal is to build a strong youth base, recruit active members and develop core leaders that will carry out the Sustainable Jobs for Youth Campaign

Coalition Building: Youth apply their skills to strengthen youth participation in existing coalitions and alliances. They are also working to develop the recently founded, NYC Youth Jobs coalition based on a common agenda of providing increased access to sustainable jobs for youth in New York City.

Leadership Development:  FUREE organizes to ensure that low-income families can influence policy decisions that affect their lives.  FUREE’s structure is a critical extension of this principle. Our youth campaign is also member-led. FUREE provides extensive training and support to our youth members so they have the tools necessary to lead a successful campaign. We also identify youth to serve on FUREE’s Board of Directors.

The impact of the national recession on youth is further impacted by age, racial and class assumptions about youth of color. The system is generally not fully invested in their future and judging from recent cuts to youth services, we find that youth are not at decision-making tables thus resulting in policies that further impede their ability to thrive. 

The Sustainable Jobs for Youth Campaign

The results of a year long process of conducting research, power analysis, identifying targets and allies and understanding what, to them, had to change from assumptions about youth of color and reframing the debate of youth and employment, our youth officially launched their campaign during our eighth annual convention to an audience of community members, leaders and elected officials on May 22, 2010! There, they reported their research findings regarding community-identified youth needs and disparities in youth employment while demanding public support of their campaign from NYS Senate and Assembly Members, NYC Council Members, community leaders and representatives from three Congressional districts in Brooklyn.  Two youth leaders articulated their demands including:

  • Budget reinstatements and permanent budget allocations to maintain sustainable youth employment, and career development
  • Permanent Summer Youth Employment Program funding and increased jobs for green collar job training for youth 18 - 24.
  • To hold the NYS Department of Labor, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, the NYC Department of Education to provide integrated career and job services for low income youth of color so that youth can exit and remain out of poverty.
  • Win permanent, local youth jobs in community development projects receiving city and state subsidies and/or tax abatements. Locally, youth will work to win 200 permanent youth job positions from such developments located in Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn
  • Build a coalition of youth organizations addressing barriers to youth employment or creating employment opportunities for youth in New York City

For more information or to join the FUREEous Youth Program, contact Desiree Marshall (718) 852-2960 x. 307 or send e-mail to dez[at]furee[dot]org.

FUREE In the Media

Brooklyn Youth Mobilize To Expand Jobs Program

CITY LIMITS - Brooklyn Bureau, 06/28/2013 -

Isaiah Phillip, a Brooklyn youth who has been looking for work for a few years, is worried. “In certain times you’re going to wonder, ‘If I can’t get this job how am I going to support myself when it’s time…to leave the house?’ I’m already predicting a future that isn’t going to end well. And that scares me.” Read more »

Campaigns: FUREEous Youth

ACTION ALERT: Good Jobs for Youth - Press Conference

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 3:00pm - 3:30pm

As our elected officials gather to discuss the Mayor's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014, FUREEous Youth will stand toe-to-toe demanding funding for youth jobs and to push for other concrete policy changes from our newly released report, The Struggle Report: Findings and Recommendations by NYC Youth for New York Job Development Programs.

Can you join us on the steps of City Hall to support our youth?
Read more »

Campaigns: FUREEous Youth

ACTION ALERT: Help Re-open the Gowanus Community Center!

Gowanus Houses, Brooklyn, NY
Help in the fight to reopen the Gowanus Community Center!

The Center is where FUREE set up relief efforts following the loss of heat, electricity and hot water following Hurricane Sandy. When relief efforts ended, the Center went right back to doing what it did: nothing.

Volunteers are needed to help survey residents on what programs they would like to see there.
FUREE In the Media

Skip the Entertainment, Groups Want Jobs and Housing from Atlantic Yards

MetroFocus, 09/25/2012 -

The Barclays Center is built. The ribbon has been cut. To open the Brooklyn arena, none other than Jay-Z (also an investor in the home-team Brooklyn Nets) is playing eight shows starting Friday night — and they’re all sold out. Read more »

Chaos or Community? - FUREE's 10th Annual Convention

When: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

St. Joseph High School, 80 Willoughby St, Downtown Brooklyn; followed by a march for jobs, housing and justice at 4pm

Fall Apart or Fight Together for Jobs, Housing and Justice! Read more »

FUREE In the Media

Brooklyn Group Collects Signatures to Have Youth Voices Heard

DNAInfo.com, 07/10/2012 -

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Young people involved with Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) in Downtown Brooklyn have started a petition asking the Committee on Youth Services to hold their public meetings at an hour when youth can attend.

It all started last March when the Committee held a public hearing to discuss programs for youth in New York City. The teenagers of FUREE wanted to give the committee feedback about how the programs were working in their communities. But most couldn’t attend because the meeting was at 10 a.m. and they were in school.

Some students attended but had to miss school in order to do so.

Read more »

Campaigns: FUREEous Youth

FUREEous Youth Protest City Council Hearing


Youth Jobs Group Challenges Bloomberg, City Council to Get Youth Input in Youth Budget Matters…With Tape Over Their Mouths

New York City, Today:  Several city youth staged a silent protest to symbolize the absence of youth at the City Council’s Youth Services Committee budget hearing Thursday morning, at a time when most children and youth are in school. Young people from the group FUREEous Youth, wanted Bloomberg and the City Council to see that the nearly 2 million youth who are directly impacted by the mayor’s proposed $118.32M cuts to youth services, child care, youth jobs and afterschool programs are shut out of the democratic process of providing testimony to pending city budgets.  Read more »

Campaigns: FUREEous Youth

Letter from Dez Marshall as she transitions off FUREE staff

Dear FUREE members, allies, supporters, funders and admirers near and far:

Friday, August 30, 2013, was my last day as a staff member at FUREE.
Read more »

Campaigns: FUREEous Youth
Syndicate content