Toolkits

YP4 has created a number of toolkits and easy-to-use resources for young people to utilize in their social justice and organizing work, including strategy papers and what we call “Little Black Books.” They range from guides on fundraising and job searching to building coalitions in one’s community.

Little Black Books

YP4’s Little Black Books (LBB) project provides young progressives with easy-to-read guides covering a variety of high-priority issues and skills relevant to activists. They focus on essential organizing skills and are illustrated with real-life stories and case studies so others can learn from Fellows’ experiences.

We encourage you to use the Little Black Books available below in your own work and share them with your networks!

Strategy Papers

In addition to producing guides for our youth organizers, YP4 has also developed strategy papers for leaders in the progressive movement that highlight the importance of investing in young progressives.

• Investing in Progressive Leadership Development: Building a Movement, by Iara Peng, YP4 Founder
• Building Youth Progressive Power on Campus: The Role of Student Government Bodies

Additional Toolkits

In addition to the Little Black Books and Strategy Papers, YP4 has developed other issue- and skill-based tools for young organizers. These include:
• Conference Fundraising Toolkit

• Courts Matter Toolkit

• Vote Organizer Toolkit

YP4 Vote Organizer Toolkit

A toolkit for vote organizers to use when planning out a voter education, engagement, and mobilization campaign. Also includes information about the 2014 voting rights policy landscape.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Civil Rights, Tools and Resources, Voting & Elections, Youth Activism

Investing in Progressive Leadership Development: Building a Movement

Explains the importance of actively engaging young leaders in order to build a sustainable progressive future.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources, Youth Activism

Building Youth Progressive Power on Campus: The Role of Student Government Bodies

Explores the extent to which student governments have discretion to allocate resources and direct campus policies. Highlights the benefits of electing progressive students to student government.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources, Youth Activism

Building Power to Win Justice Through the Courts Guide

A guide on the United States judicial system and how young people can use the courts to advance progressive change.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Fair Courts, Tools and Resources, Youth Activism

Mastering the Job Search Process Little Black Book

A guide for young job seekers on how to figure out what jobs would be best for them, how to find such jobs, and how to present themselves to potential employers.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Career Advancement, Tools and Resources

Professional Writing Little Black Book

A guide on how to write effective resumes and cover letters for potential employers.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Career Advancement, Tools and Resources

Racial Justice Little Black Book

A guide to strengthening young peoples’ understanding of how American society is deeply impacted by racial discrimination and inequality.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources

Media and Messaging Little Black Book

A guide on how to reach target audiences with a compelling message that brings in partners and allies and helps achieve the campaign’s goals.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources

Coalition Building Little Black Book

A guide for youth organizers on how to create effective, sustainable coalitions in their communities in order to increase their reach and impact.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources

Event Planning Little Black Book

A guide for young organizers on how to effectively organize an event in order to publicize and gain support for their work.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources

Advocacy & Lobbying Little Black Book

A guide for activists on how to advocate for particular policy outcomes and organize lobbying activities.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources, Youth Activism

Conference Fundraising Toolkit

Fundraising for Conferences

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources

Professional Development, Networking, and Building Strategic Relationships

Powerpoint for YP4 Director Rebecca Thompson’s session on professional development, networking, and building strategic relationships.

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Type:  Toolkit
Topic:  Tools and Resources