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Youth Empowerment Center

Youth Empowerment Center
1625 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-451-5466
Fax: 510-451-5866

Website: http://www.youthec.org
Employer ID: 91-2024163

Description: Anti-capitalist money-funnel for radical youth indoctrination groups founded in Oakland, California in 2000, by foundation-guided merger of four existing youth organizing groups and based on the Tides Center fiscal-sponsorship model with a half million dollars of foundation money. YEC is fiscal sponsor of the four founding groups:

  • C-Beyond (a Tides Center project - radical organizers)
  • Youth Force Coalition (anti-prison group)
  • SOUL - School of Unity and Liberation (racial / economic justice group)
  • Underground Railroad (art and culture for revolution)

and subsequent groups:

Youth Empowerment Center operates no programs of its own, but serves as fiscal sponsor to other groups, providing bookkeeping / accounting and reporting, strategic planning, fundraising strategy  consultation, budgeting, resource sharing and pooling, and human resources.
 

Revenue and Expenses: Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2001
  Revenue     Expenses
Contributions $636,342
Government Grants $0
Program Services $13,268
Investments $7,169
Special Events $0
Sales $0
Other $4,372
 
Program Services $558,111
Administration $52,692
Other $31,458
Total Expenditures $642,261
Total Revenue $661,151   NET GAIN/LOSS $18,890

Adam Gold, YEC executive director and treasurer
Salary approx. $40,000 from C-Beyond, secret because it is an unreported project of Tides Center

January 2000, co-founded Youth Empowerment Center
July 2000, taught Ruckus Society workshop on revolution
1999, panelist at ultra-leftist Center for Political Education, panel on white activists against racism
January 1997, co-founder and executive director C-Beyond, a Tides Center project organizing radical youth in Concord, CA

Youth Empowerment Center Board of Directors
Harmony Goldberg, President Anthony "Van" Jones, Secretary
Adam Gold, Treasurer Cindy Weisner, Director
Lateefah Simon, Director  

Profiles of other YEC directors

  • Harmony Goldberg, President. 1999-2001: executive director, SOUL (School of Unity and Liberation), Oakland, CA; August, 2002: as member of Jews for a Free Palestine visited Nablus, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Gaza. July 2001: jailed for unlawful assembly after disrupting Alameda County (CA) Board of Supervisors meeting; 1998, Critical Resistance conference: panelist on "Developing Revolutionary Strategies"; May 1997: graduated, University of California at Berkeley; organizer, "Californians for Justice" and Students Against Proposition 209; 1995, leader of UC-Berkeley's Diversity in Action coalition; 1976, born in Buffalo, New York.
  • Anthony "Van" Jones, Secretary. Founder and executive director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) in San Francisco (anti-prison group). Born 1968, rural west Tennessee. 1990 graduate, University of Tennessee at Martin. 1993 graduate, Yale Law School. Numerous honors.

 

  • Lateefah Simon, executive director of The Center for Young Women’s Development, which advertises itself as "a peer-directed recreational program for queer young women in San Francisco, specifically young Lesbians of color, who are on their own or are homeless."

 

  • Cindy Weisner, Director. Organizer, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), San Francisco.

Grants to Youth Empowerment Center:

Foundation Name: The Zellerbach Family Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Concord , CA
Abstract: For C-Beyond Project to increase civic participation activities in Bay Point by engaging youth in leadership training and community action campaigns
Amount: $25,000             Year Authorized: 2000
 

Foundation Name: Levi Strauss Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Concord , CA
Abstract: For start-up costs for umbrella organization fostering youth empowerment through community organizing for social change
Amount: $30,000             Year Authorized: 2000
Type of Support: Seed money 

Foundation Name: The San Francisco Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Oakland , CA
Abstract: For Youth Force Coalition
Amount: $10,000             Year Authorized: 2001

Foundation Name: The San Francisco Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Oakland , CA
Abstract: To develop management capacity at start of capital campaign that will allow agency to remain in Oakland
Amount: $15,000             Year Authorized: 2001
Type of Support: Management development

Foundation Name: The James Irvine Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Oakland , CA
Abstract: To expand and strengthen youth organizing field in San Francisco Bay Area and California through organizer training, networking, collaboration and capacity-building
Amount: $50,000             Year Authorized: 2001
Duration: 2-year grant
Type of Support: Program development

Foundation Name: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Oakland , CA
Abstract: Toward support to continue C-Beyond Mount Diablo School Reform Project which seeks to improve quality of secondary education for low-income youth in San Francisco Bay Area's Mount Diablo school district
Amount: $200,000             Year Authorized: 2001
Type of Support: Continuing support; Program development

Foundation Name: Surdna Foundation, Inc.
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Oakland , CA
Abstract: To train organizers and build strong youth-led organizations prepared to tackle important policy concerns in the Bay Area
Amount: $75,000             Year Authorized: 2001
Type of Support: Program development

Foundation Name: Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Oakland , CA
Abstract: To launch Youth Empowerment Center to promote youth activism and leadership
Amount: $25,000             Year Authorized: 2000
Type of Support: Program development

Foundation Name: The San Francisco Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center / Youth Force Coalition , Oakland, CA
Abstract: For youth-run advocacy campaign to decrease public spending on prisons and to increase support for education and resources needed for community health and well being
Amount: $20,000             Year Authorized: 2000
Type of Support: Program development

Foundation Name: The San Francisco Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center . School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) , Oakland , CA
Abstract: For summer programs
Amount: $25,000             Year Authorized: 2000
Type of Support: Continuing support; Program development

Foundation Name: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Recipient: Youth Empowerment Center , Concord , CA
Abstract: Toward launching C-Beyond-Mount Diablo School Reform Project which seeks to improve quality of secondary education for low-income youth in California's Mount Diablo school district
Amount: $100,000             Year Authorized: 2000
Type of Support: Program development

Total: $575,000

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