Welcome to Youth As Resources (YAR)
Youth As Resources (YAR) is a youth-led grantmaking, community organizing and leadership development organization. We provide the funding (grants), training and support our peers need to develop projects that address our critical issues and make positive change in the community.
Youth As Resources values:
-Youth power and decision making
-Including all communities of color
-Sustainable community change
-Nurturing and supporting each other
It’s been over a year since the untimely and tragic death of Freddie Gray; our statement still rings true:
WE ARE NOT THUGS!!!
Youth As Resources Statement on the death of Freddie Gray
Approved at the April 30, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Youth As Resources, (YAR) is proud that young people are finding their voices through protest and organizing. However, we are disappointed that it took the killing of an innocent man, the destruction of property, and armed forces for people to begin praying for our city. Baltimore youth are not thugs. In fact, our peers are implementing community building programs that we are funding and supporting. This includes a group of students who are working with police officers to lessen negative interactions with youth downtown and a group of East Baltimore youth who are running a comprehensive clean-up and beautification campaign.
How can you call young people thugs?