Announcing the finalist for this year’s William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change. These five organizations exemplify the power of youth organizing to cultivate the strengths and leadership of young people to transform the conditions and systems that impact them most.

The five finalists are:

AYPAL: Building API Community Power– AYPAL’s mission is to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change.

Filipino Advocates for Justice– Since 1973, FAJ has been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights by providing direct services, developing leaders, and organizing and advocating on issues important to the Filipino community as a historically underserved ethnic minority.

Oakland Kids First– Oakland Kids First increases youth voice, leadership, and power to create engaging and equitable public schools where all students learn and lead.

People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER)– PODER’s mission is to organize with Latino immigrant families and youth to put into practice people-powered solutions that are locally based, community led and environmentally just.

Youth Together– the mission of Youth Together is to address the root causes of educational inequities by developing multiracial youth leaders and engaging school community allies to promote positive school change.