Pine Tree Youth Organizing (PTYO) is a youth led and run organization that is building a unified youth movement that can make measurable political change. We are a democratic, consensus-based, non-hierarchical organization committed to the values of respect and empathy, intersectionality, racial justice, queer positivity, anti-classism, justice for differently abled folks, and we are committed to prioritizing the voices and actions of directly affected community members. We focus on getting to root causes of injustice and are committed to holding ourselves accountable to these ideals. We see that all of our liberation is bound up in each other.
Pine Tree Youth Organizing is a group that affirms the identities and the lives of all of our members and the youth we support, and we honor our differences and similarities. We are invested in each of our members: invested in their beauty, organizing work, and growth. We acknowledge that while we are unified in our work, our experiences of oppression are different due to our identities. We take that into consideration as we hold space for each other and work together, and we prioritize being strong allies to each other. As a group we emphasize self care and fun as a crucial part of our work. We aim to be a support network for youth activists that, through our support work, opens up more space for fun and self care in the lives of all youth organizers.
We are a network of buddies throughout the state who are committed to collective liberation (working together to get justice for all people). We provide a safe(r) space to talk about our work and heal. We provide connection and friendship in a oppressive world in a region that leaves many youth feeling isolated. Pine Tree Youth Organizing is a space for networking and finding life-long friends who are committed to working for the long haul to make the world a far better place.
We believe that most youth already are effective organizers and politically conscious. We see the mentorship relationship between youth and mentor to be mutual, and we think a mentor can be any age. We believe that even though someone might have more connections and experience it doesn’t mean they have the best ideas. When PTYO mentors enter a mentorship relationship they don’t see their mentee as a person to fill with information but instead they see that relationship as a mutual one of modeling, learning and teaching.
We are flexible and are always looking to evolve our work, and we celebrate feedback to help us stay true to our vision. We hope to grow our organization while moving slow enough to include all the ideas and hopes of all core members.