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Kinston, NC

Project Synopsis

Kinston Teens is a youth-led nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering young people through service, leadership, and civic engagement. We find ourselves operating at the intersection of youth empowerment and community development, and since its founding in 2014 the organization has worked to ensure young people are represented in the conversations and decisions that impact. As community organizers, we find it critical to constantly assess and respond to the needs of our community, and we’ve been on the frontlines advocating against voter suppression, responding to devastating hurricanes and flooding, addressing needs that rise from the COVID-19 crisis, and more. We’re excited to strengthen this work thanks to the Civic Spring project!

2020 is and will be remembered as one of the most transformative years in our lifetimes. Between a deadly virus pandemic, the decennial census, a major election, and global unrest around the extrajudicial killings of black people, we find it more than necessary for our organization and partners like NC FIELD to be on the frontlines empowering youth in our community with the tools, skills and resources to lead on these issues. NC FIELD is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Lenoir County that works with migrant and seasonal farmworker youth and families utilizing grassroots organizing principles to teach leadership, promote education and facilitate opportunities. Our collective work will include empowering and supporting youth in various forms of action, from protests and policymaking, to voter registration and activation.

Project Particpants

The Kinston, NC Team