Intergenerational Equity Webinar: Spotlight on Youth Voice Project and Opportunity Youth United

July 11, 2018

Intergenerational equity is the practice of treating everyone fairly and justly regardless of age, with special consideration to the structural factors that privilege some age groups over others. We do this by building strong relationships and partnerships, sharing power across generations, creating mentorship and cross-generational learning opportunities, and making space for youth voice.


This webinar will explore best practices for building intergenerational equity in your work. Youth Voice Project will share their experience in developing intergenerational conversations that provide a welcoming space for people across all generations to enter and tell their stories, voice their opinions, and organize together to create sustainable solutions in a concrete way. Opportunity Youth United will discuss their national work and how they organize young leaders and adult allies to work together and build power within communities.


Join us for our intergenerational equity webinar on July 25th at 2-3:30pm ET.


What: Best practices for building intergenerational equity in your work, through the experiences of Boston Youth Voice Project and Opportunity Youth United 


When: Wednesday, July 25th at 2-3:30pm Eastern



Malana Rogers-Bursen, Program Associate for Everyday Democracy

Amanda Shabowich, Program Coordinator, Youth Voice Project

Shayla Fonfield, Senior Peer Leader Leader, Youth Voice Project

Lashon Amado, National Coordinator of Community Action Teams, Opportunity Youth United


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Youth Voice Project (YVP) is a diverse group of youth leaders who advocate for systemic change in issues regarding youth, whether that be in education, post-secondary opportunities, or simply having youth voice at the decision-making table. YVP is working to dismantle the injustices youth face such as adultism, tokenization, the school to prison pipeline, and lack of youth jobs. YVP supports other youth led organizations by attending events they organize as well as inviting them to events organized by YVP. Youth Voice Project has incorporated the voices of other youth into the work by making it an integral part of all of our events, such as our Culture of Resistance: Youth Art Night, our Participatory Action Research and our Intergenerational Conversations. Youth Voice Project is the different between making decision for youth and having youth in decision making spaces. 


Opportunity Youth United (OYU) is a national grassroots movement formed by the National Council of Young Leaders, which is comprised of a diverse group of young leaders from 16 national organizations. OYU aims to mobilize and unite low-income young adults and their allies to gain the power through civic engagement to increase opportunity and decrease poverty in America, through creating pathways out of poverty for opportunity youth, and changing the conditions of poverty in low-income communities.


Amanda Shabowich is currently the Program Coordinator for the Youth Voice Project and the Youth Coordinator for Boston Youth Service Network. After transferring to Boston Day and Evening Academy, an alternative school in Roxbury, for her senior year, she graduated in six months with the Academic Achievement award for her graduating class. Shortly after, she was offered the opportunity to give back to the school and work first as a teacher’s assistant, then as the Assistant to the Transition Year Director, which worked with soon-to-be and recent graduates through the process of moving onto postsecondary success. Through her work with BDEA, she found out about the Youth Voice Project, and began as a Peer Leader in April 2015. While working with Youth Voice Project, Amanda was able to become an advocate for resources for out of school youth, plan and host youth-centric events, and build partnerships with other youth-serving organizations across the city. She has also served as a youth representative for Boston at the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund Convenings held by the Aspen Institute six times, leading workshops on self-care, inclusivity, storytelling, and inter-generational dialogue, among other topics.


Shayla Fonfield is currently serving as a Youth Voice Project Senior Peer Leader, and currently attending the University of Massachusetts Boston fulfilling a degree in sociology, since she’s such a social person. She is 22 years old and has been doing youth work going on eight years now, starting in particular wwith Youth Voice Project in January of 2017. Youth work has been something she had been doing for fun until she realized it was so a part of her that her passion for the work grew. Her goal is to influence others to pay attention to this work, create more spaces and opportunities for it, and look good while doing it. Shayla has served as youth representative for Boston at the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund Convenings twice, leading workshops about inter-generational dialogue and the rich field of youth organizing work across Boston.


Lashon Amado is the National Coordinator of Community Action Teams for Opportunity Youth United, a national grassroots movement of opportunity youth and their adult allies seeking to alleviate poverty in their community through civic engagement. After being “pushed out” of high school, Lashon received a second-chance to get back on track by attending his local YouthBuild program. After completing the program, Lashon went on to receive his master’s degree from Northeastern University. He is now an emerging social entrepreneur, with a vision to empower young people across the globe to be change agents in their community.



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