Welcome to the new home of the Alliance for Youth Movements!
AYM is a not-for-profit seeking to build a modern civil society by convening, connecting, and building the capacity of both traditional grassroots activists and individuals who are harnessing connection technologies in grassroots activism. In this sense, our aim is to support both traditional and non-traditional movements and unite them wherever possible.
In 2008, AYM held its first summit in New York City, where the U.S. State Department partnered with private tech companies like Google and Facebook to identify, convene, and engage 21st-century movements online for the first time in history.
Since then, AYM has held two more annual summits. At these events, we try to bring together activists, technology experts, and policymakers for collaboration and resource sharing. Our goal for Movements.org is that it will serve as the 24/7, online iteration of these events.
But we can't do it without your help. Check out the how-to guides, which profile new tools and try to identify best practices for their use in social change campaigns.
Best practices are always changing, so we'll be (based on your feedback) continually improving and updating these guides.
We're also introducing a case study series, where we identify and evaluate examples of digital activism, and a Resource Center, a compendium of free, cheap, and easy-to-use tools that can boost any campaign.
At the delegates page, we've organized the activists who have attended all three of our summits by issue area, region and expertise, so that you can more easily spot people to collaborate with or learn from and get in touch with them. Stay tuned for our mentorship program, where we will be connecting fledgling activists with more experienced delegates who have been a part of the alliance for a while.
We decided to share the site only with delegates and supporters at first so that we can make sure it's a helpful resource before we open it up to the general public. Let me know what you like, don't like, and what you need. Don't mince words!
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Talk to you soon!