Jamala Rogers was politicized as a youth in the 1960’s. From a student activist in college, she went on to joining youth in organizing around issues that impact them. As an adult, Mama Jamala has been a key leader in advocating for the political rights and power of young people from the streets to the legislative halls.
Veii Zayd Kauaria, Veii was selected as the Amani Fellow to organize young people around the issues of poverty, racism, militarization. Born of parents from Namibia and South Africa, Veii has traveled the world and has a unique perspective on these issues. The fellow will be shared between the Youth Council, the Organization for Black Struggle and the Peace Economy Project.
The Youth Council for Positive Development (YCPD) was established in 1980 as a vehicle for the cultural enrichment and education for ages 4-17 years. The YCPD began as the youth component of the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS). As the young people grew up, they expressed the need to be more independent and autonomous. They adopted a new name and drafted a youth creed.
Our mission is to provide academic enrichment and positive socialization in a culturally sensitive and safe environment. The intent is to develop youth who are critical thinkers who will be engaged in the positive well-being of their community. Our programs are based upon Ma’at Values and the Nguzo Saba Kwanzaa Principles.
Components of YCPD are the Ma’at Saturday program, the Youth Cultural Theatre, the Rites of Passage program and the Jamala Rogers Young Visionary Award.
Our slogan is “Building Character and Commitment to Community.”
The YCPD is a tax exempt 501C3 organization.
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I will strive to be a role model in my community or wherever I go.
I will communicate & interact with other youth
By being respectful
By being responsible
By promoting Black unity & pride
By practicing self-control & self-discipline.
I will struggle to improve myself and life
By being open to new challenges & new ideas
By taking initiative
By achieving academic excellence.
I will be obsessed with learning, promoting & preserving Black History and Culture.
I will be informed about community and world issues an events.
I will actively participate in making change in my community and the world.
I will fight for human rights, freedom, justice, equality and peace.
(Created & Adopted by the YCPD in 1985)