Y4C is a coalition of four organizations in Providence, RI that believe in youth power and leadership. They came together because of a deep concern for the lack of youth presence in public discussions. Decisions are made that affect youth first and sometimes more seriously than adults, without their voices as a part of the discussuion. Y4C believes that when young people have the access, support, and opportunity to impact policies and systems, the entire community benefits.
In 2010, Y4C created Providence’s first Youth Bill of Rights, which focuses on the issues that impact young people most. They’re also building a youth network to keep youth informed about issues and their community and ways to work on real solutions. The Y4C organizations are Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), Young Voices, and Youth In Action.