Youth Community Action Program (Y.C.A.P.)

Logo of YCAP woman holding guitar and holding up her fist

Art: ©Heshima Denham

We propose the adoption and implementation of the “Youth Community Action Program” as a model for both developing and empowering our young sisters and brothers in the hoods, projects, barrios, rural towns, suburbs and trailer parks where our communities are situated.

The Youth Community Action Program (YCAP) is both an educational/training program and a co-operative economic nonprofit initiative which targets underclass youth and neighborhoods employing volunteers from the youth’s own community and family to work in concert with YCAP activists in a two phase development initiative.

Phase I – Involves a five times a week, 2-½ hour (after school) educational and training initiative that focuses on:

  • History (from the true perspective, think: Zinn, Diop, and DelaValle)
  • Cultural awareness to retard racial conflicts and strife between oppressed nationalities and citizens stemming from stereotypes and misconceptions of Asian, New Afrikan, Mexican/Latino, Euro-American, and Middle Eastern (etc.) cultures
  • Computer- and technological literacy
  • The arts (visual, music, dance, etc.), and
  • Science/engineering

Three out of every five days a week the final hour will be devoted to martial arts, self-defense training and strategic thought (to promote self-discipline and critical thinking). Participants must comply with participation in Phase I to be eligible for Phase II inclusion.

Phase II – Involves establishing a collectively-owned community-based venture which each youth participant will own an equal stake in and be trained in the area of the venture which best suits them. All will receive equal revenue portions/pay (collective work and responsibility, equalitarian distribution of wealth).

Example

Perhaps one of the more enjoyable commonalities shared by many cultural groups is a fondness for the ‘custom-car cultures.’ Building on the intra-cultural commonality, this pilot venture can be a custom-car garage (think “pimp by ride”) where we can seek in-kind donations of equipment and old cars (all tax-deductible), cash donations and fundraiser revenues to fund the rest.

Volunteers from this industry will train such youngsters in exchange for marketing publicity for their own ventures while we also seek industry-related sponsors. The cars will be retrofitted, rebuilt and “pimped out” into custom low riders, donks, and euro-tuners and then put on the lot for sale and website auction.

The proceeds from each sale or client “fix-up” will be split equally among the youth (50% of the profit), 20% will go to expand the nonprofit initiative, 20% will go to a college fund for them all, and 10% will flow back into expanding the venture.

We, in this manner, provide them with an economic incentive to be indoctrinated into collective practices and progressive activism, bring the community closer to one another, and introduce a new source of revenue into the underclass community where that chapter of YCAP is based.

The positive social impact on our communities for our people who live in these communities should be significant.

Background and link to the Prison Industrial Complex

On August 12, 2012 the Pelican Bay D-Short Corridor Collective issued the historic Agreement to End Hostilities (A.E.H.) in all prisons and juvenile facilities and called for its extension to our communities. The strategic and material benefits for our ongoing human rights struggle, for thousands of prisoners and their families is obvious.

What may be less obvious is the unprecedented opportunity for social progress and community development represented by the A.E.H.; and more precisely why its popularization in the communities from which prisoners hail, and all similarly affected communities nationally, is so vital.

The potential benefit to our interests collectively is equally as vital as the abolition of domestic torture units and mass incarceration as a whole, and in fact, may serve as a new front in that struggle.

The Youth Community Action Program is an official community development program for the Amend The 13th Autonomous Infrastructure Mission (AIM):

The Amend The 13th Autonomous Infrastructure Mission (AIM) is the backbone of our movement to abolish legal slavery in Amerika.

The origin of crime is the disproportionate distributions of wealth, access and opportunity in society. If the origin of legal slavery is criminalization, and the origin of criminalization is disorganizing poverty-stricken communities, the solution is to eradicate the poverty and disorganization of our communities through our own autonomous infrastructure. One capable of meeting our basic needs, while increasing the wealth and prosperity in our communities.

The Amend The 13th Autonomous Infrastructure Mission – or A13 AIM – will provide each community with a functional blueprint and structure to forge our own social, economic, educational, agricultural, political, self-defence and emergency response infrastructure, which are independent of the state and wholly self-reliant.

Each initiative of the AIM is designed to work in interconnection. Much like different mechanisms of a machine are brought together to form a complex system, the various initiatives of the AIM come together to form a single Autonomous Community-based Infrastructure.

Please join us and become part of this historic struggle!

If you want to volunteer, organize with the Amend The 13th team, donate, or if you want to know more, you can contact us via these means:

Email: Amendthe13th@gmail.com
Website: Amendthe13th.org
Twitter: @amend_the13th
Facebook.com/AmendThe13th (please ‘Like’ us also!)

Download our YCAP-brochure here: YCAP-brochure-2017-Nov


For questions, ideas, you can also fill out this form. We will respond as soon as possible, thank you!