Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities.

Audience: High school youth

Time frame: 2 hours

4 workshops covering:

  • Media messaging
  • Storytelling
  • Media Interviews
  • Messages and layout for printed materials

List of online resources and organizations covering:

  • Building Relationships with the Media
  • Communications Writing
  • Framing and Messaging
  • Interviewing
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Media Plans and Strategy
  • Online and Digital Storytelling
  • Press Releases and Pitching
  • Storytelling


Audience:  High School Youth

Time frame: 1 hour

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to the concept of action research and to help them understand the power of information in an organizing campaign.

Also contains youth-friendly worksheets on the following:

  • Action Research Overview
  • Campaign Research Steps
  • Developing Research Questions
  • Research Plan Worksheet
  • Survey Method Worksheet
  • Interview Method Worksheet

Credit also to GenY in Chicago!

DataCenter: an independent research organization for social justice movements and grassroots organizing.

Check out their research tools for planning toolkits, tips on online research, target research, surveys, and more.

Trainings include:

  • Creating surveys
  • Getting public records
  • Researching corporations and individuals
  • Toolkit on community action research


Audience: High School Youth

Time frame:  2 hours

Workshops cover:

  • Basebuilding within a movement context
  • Different types of outreach and contact work
  • Developing and delivering effective RAPs
  • One on Ones
  • Retention


Concise set of tips and sample outline for volunteer orientation before canvassing or conducting outreach.

Praxis Project: is a national, nonprofit organization that builds partnerships with local groups to influence policymaking to address the underlying, systemic causes of community problems.

Check out their Campaign Development and Electoral Organizing tools for voter outreach toolkit, campaign curriculum (coalitions, policies, basebuilding) and sample event forms (budgets, sign in sheets, donation sheets, etc.)

This activity asks participant to identify problems facing youth and then has them discuss which of their answers may actually represent internalized oppression, or in this case, internalized adultism. Participants are then asked to rewrite these and explore the roots of internalized oppression.

Using a worksheet and group work, this activity is an engaging way to have participants learn about personal and group leadership and communication styles. It borrows its framework from the Lakota Indian tribe.

This group discussion activity explores the idea of xenophobia and exclusion in the United States. It begins with participants talking about exclusion at the local level and then broadens to look at the impact of xenophobia on the US and its residents.

This activity asks participants to write down examples of prejudice and then drop them into a bag to make them anonymous. The group then enters the discussion phase to explore the causes of prejudice and ways to overcome prejudice.