On December 8th, 21 Progress received the Seattle Human Rights Commission Emerging Human Rights Group award.
In 2011, 21 Progress was founded on the idea that we must unite and develop diverse leaders to end inequality and build thriving communities. We believe that the working class, youth, and diverse folks from all racial, cultural, and gender identities not only are vital for transformative community change, but that transformation can only occur if these leaders are leading the work. Right now, leadership is broken and our work seeks to reclaim, redefine, and imagine leadership as boldly working together for justice.
Our flagship program, Build Your Dream, is the largest provider of financial assistance to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligible youth and leadership development for undocumented youth and young adults in Washington State. Build Your Dream has reached over 5,000 undocumented folks to pursue college, careers, and advocate for migrant rights at all levels, from their own communities to Washington, D.C.
Our community education collaborates with 50 community based organizations, 20 high schools and colleges to deliver leadership curriculum focused on economic justice, human rights, and social change to more than 2,500 students in classrooms. Through digital media campaigns and ethnic media that have reached over 3 million people, and a 5-state social justice pilgrimage through the deep south, we aim to inspire a generation to believe in the power of their voice and to challenge inequality in schools and in the community. Year round, we provide training to 140+ emerging and established leaders to create social change campaigns rooted in imagination, relationship, and purpose.
21 Progress was founded by UFCW 21, a 45,000 member private sector union who continues to be a core partner in our shared work for economic and social justice today. We are truly grateful for the formative partnership of Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, International Examiner, the Fair Work Center, and the Satterberg Foundation. Most importantly, we are deeply in gratitude to our elders, fierce advocates and allies, and a young community of diverse young leaders who allow us to walk alongside them in the pursuit of joy and justice every day. This honor is a challenge to serve more deeply, and we will.
Featured image courtesy of Seattle Human Rights Commission Twitter – @humanrights206