Our Mission

Together, we can deepen education justice work.

The New England Youth Organizing Network (NEYON) is a community of youth-led organizing groups in New England that exists to build a strong, youth-led movement for social justice.

NEYON intentionally connects youth-led organizing groups to each other in order to build power, and connects and amplifies the work happening in communities, so that young people have more power to engage as experts and leaders in pursuit of education justice.

The New England Youth Organizing Network is coordinated, facilitated & powered by the Center for Youth in Community Leadership in Education at Roger Williams University (CYCLE) with the NEYON Advisory Council. 

We convene over 25 youth orgs to build power together.

We are NEYON

What do we do?


NEYON offers year round programming for youth organizers and adult allies on emerging topics from the youth organizing field, leadership development for youth and overall organizational support.


NEYON offers annual virtual and in person gatherings for youth and adult allies to hold space for relationship building, share stories, strategize and exchange resources to win campaigns pushing for equitable and just schools in the communities across New England.

Build Power

Through community building, tool sharing and shared analysis NEYON members envision and cultivate a space for local and regional change toward education equity and authentic youth leadership.

We believe in the power of youth

NEYON grew out of a series of conversations from Nellie Mae Education Foundation grantees back in 2013 in an effort to build more individual and organizational relationships, and to develop, through participatory and inclusive methods, a vision for how a regional coalition of organizations could deepen local and national education justice work.

NEYON creates the conditions for building power by 1) creating intentional spaces for groups to come together and share and build their wisdom, and 2) creating opportunities for community building. Specifically, NEYON does this by convening groups for learning communities, trainings, and one-off learning opportunities. In addition, NEYON serves as an organizing body that can collectively apply for funding, organize actions, make statements, or build campaigns.

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