Outreach/Support Workshops

Pine Tree Youth Organizing offers workshops to youth on a sliding scale donation (free is perfectly fine) to help guide youth in their organizing efforts, to identify what resources are needed for their particular focus and how PTYO can help. As an organization which values the opinions and insight of youth, PTYO designs interactive workshops to engage attendees and encourage open dialogue. All workshops are crafted for each individual group, so the content and focus of the workshop will be different depending on your group’s needs.

New to Organizing Workshop:
This workshop is for youth who are not currently organizing, but are generally interested in activism and organizing or they have an issue they would like to organize around and would like help starting a project. In this workshop we reflect on our personal daily struggles, as well as the struggles of people across the continent and world.  We talk about how all of our struggles are connected and how the struggle for one is the struggle for all. The workshop facilitator shares stories of youth movements through-out the world to inspire. We also do a number of role plays where the workshop facilitator gives the youth a scenario of a particular struggle, and the youth are encouraged to figure out ways to organize around that struggle and act it out. The role plays are almost always based on conversation that was had at the start of the workshop. The hope is that through-out this workshop youth are able to identify something they would like to organize around, and the workshop facilitator works to synthesize thoughts generated through-out the workshop to help youth identify what that might be. The workshop ends with the workshop facilitator sharing how PTYO can help them with their projects, and possibly talking about next steps of taking action.
Length of workshop: Two hours is the preferred length, but it can be done in a shorter amount of time. If you’d like to have a longer workshop that goes more in depth, that’s great! The more time we have with each other, the more we can take our time and not rush.

Support Workshop:
This workshop is for youth who are already organizing and would like to connect with PTYO for support. This workshop may be a stand alone workshop, or it might be in addition to other resources PTYO offers such as the grant program, a workshop or training, or the mentor network. In this workshop we talk about PTYO and what resources it offers to young organizers. We do visioning exercises where folks are given the opportunity to imagine a world where their organizing goals have been accomplished. We talk about what has been going well for the group, and what has been difficult. From there we do a number of exercises to help the group figure out what the best next steps are, how to accomplish them, and how PTYO can help. We also spend a good portion of this workshop talking specifically about the systems of oppression and root causes that are in place that contribute to the issue at hand, and we talk about what we can do to transform those systems.
Length of workshop: Two hours is the preferred length, but it can be done in a shorter amount of time. If you’d like to have a longer workshop that goes more in depth, that’s great! The more time we have with each other, the more we can take our time and not rush.

Day Long Workshops/Retreats:
If your group is in need of serious brainstorming, problem solving, strategic campaign strategy, education around your issue, community building,  etc., you can contact us to possibly set up a day long workshop/retreat.  In these sessions we use interactive activities such as role playing, theater of the oppressed, creating music and art, writing, collective brainstorming, etc. to work together to accomplish your groups needs.
Length of workshop: Will be figured out depending on group needs and what PTYO can offer at the time.

To set up a workshop, please visit the contact tab at the top of this page and give us a call or e-mail us.