WE ARE YL

A GLOBAL COMMUNITY FOCUSED ON HIGH IMPACT YOUTH LEADERSHIP

About Us

Dirtroad Organizing provides concrete tools and strategies to support organizers, staff, legislators, and aspiring leaders who are working towards an equitable and just democracy in rural America.

Our theory of change revolves around recognizing the inherent political power of rural citizens in American democracy and supporting the organizing, policy, and narrative work necessary to regain trust and build a better future together.

The future of progressive power depends on investing deeply in rural organizing. We are the national training ground for individuals and organizations focused on rural America, providing virtual and in-person trainings for potential candidates, staff, organizations, and volunteers at the state and local levels.

Leadership & Background

Founded by Sen. Chloe Maxmin and Canyon Woodward, two young people, raised in rural America, fighting for home, and supporting others to do the same.

Together, over the course of our 12-year friendship, we have mounted and won near impossible campaigns. We co-coordinated Divest Harvard, building a 70,000+ person campaign to get Harvard to divest its $53 billion endowment from fossil fuels. As candidate and campaign manager we ran and won two rural legislative campaigns, overcoming a negative 16-point Democratic Performance Index to flip a Maine State House seat and then unseating the Maine Senate Minority Leader to become the youngest female senator in Maine history. We shared our experiences and playbook for others to use in our book, Dirt Road Revival: How to Rebuild Rural Politics and Why Our Future Depends On It.

We built Dirtroad Organizing to ensure that rural folks everywhere have the support they need to organize for a better world. Our success is derived not only from our commitment to our work but also in our relationship as friends, co-conspirators, and collaborators. 

We are developing a talented Board of Directors and Advisory Board, which now include Laura Yale, Graham Zimmerman, Timothy McCarthy, George Goehl, and Robert Reich.

What makes YOUTH-LEADER unique

We are young and rooted in first-hand experiences of growing up in rural America. We’ve inhabited the roles of staffer, volunteer, candidate, and legislator in rural communities, encountering the sense of abandonment, and carving a path towards a more inclusive and representative politics. We’re poised to flesh out a vibrant, in-depth, inclusive, and collaborative training program to support rural staff and potential candidates, a new nationwide model. We’re also able to offer targeted support on-the-ground to complement.  

Our strategy is based in our own trials and errors of rural organizing. When we committed to this work in 2018, we didn’t have access to resources that taught us these skills. For example, we didn’t hear anybody talking about “deep canvassing” when we started. Instead, we followed our intuition to privilege quality over quantity in campaign work and discovered the power of authentic conversations. All these factors provide us with a unique and grounded approach.

Lastly, we know that public service is a complicated and multi-year process, and we aim to support citizens throughout their whole journey. Our new leaders deserve and require support from the early stages of the journey through serving in office and then deciding whether or not to continue their service. We invest in quality, in-depth, and long-term support.

YOUTH-LEADER is a changemaker community on a mission to nurture Youth Leadership – “enabling youth to self-organize projects chanigng lives, land, learning, laws and indiustries” – everywhere on Earth

We support youth to impact people and planet like today’s hero:ines do, by resourcing them with everything that grand changemakers use and a global community of like-hearted allies.

We help adult allies cultivate Youth Leadership in their schools, cities and regions as a cultural asset and foundation of Able Active Caring Citizenship.

Our values and culture are coined by spirit of partnership, fun, adventure, love and surprise.

We design to enrich users’ and supporters’ daily life with personal and professional benefits.

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OUR VISION

The solutions for creating a world of peace, bliss and abundance for all exist. We want to make it simple for anyone to help youth realize their good dreams for people and planet, and to make enormous impact.

Together we can nurture a Change Generation equipped with humanity’s finest spirit, solutions and support. With Changemaker Student Clubs at every in tow and country, the future will be fine. Let’s go!

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tangible, projects, no intangible, no protests

fun, adventure, Paradise, the next level good society, no battles in the current problem spheres and societal wars

the diverse user groups

HUMANITY’S FINEST FOR YOUTH & YOU

Since 2014, we have more than doubled the number of trees planted each year, and are working with partners across 47+ countries in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.

We have popularized YOUTH LEADERSHIP – Projects to implement Solutions (not protests and waiting), in institutional environments ranging from schools and organizations to UNESCO to UBA to schools, organizations, community organizers and refugee camps.

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PLANTING PARTNERS

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COUNTRIES

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TREES PLANTED

OUR IMPACT OVER THE YEARS

We have planted over 40 million trees in more than 47 countries across the globe since 2014. In 2021, we more than doubled our impact from 2020 – with 23.5 million trees!

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OUR PROCESS

from inspiration to an enabling environment

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also think of YOUR NEW OPPORTUNITIES

YOUR SET OF TOOLS / YL MECHANICS

YL MANUAL

YL ACADEMY

TOGETHER,
EMPOWERING A GENERATION 

Young people have shown how to activate an entire school, even 20,000 schools as a single organization. 

Each time, it begins with 1 single person, passionately speaking for a critical cause with exciting action opportunities and felt impact.

This 1 person is a youth, teacher, citizen or parent, a mayor, journalist, athlete. This person can be you.

They acted alone. You are fully equipped with worldclass stories, speakers, coaches, social streams, show, magazine and inspired folks can self-organize countless actions, make news, sending ripple effects through the community, activating an entire city.

You need not even take part. You set the spark.

OUR FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS

Designed to connect today’s Gandhis and Gryffindores with youth and you

Ace Stories & Tools

Equip yaself with books,poster sets for exhibits, epic shirts, 100% Fair Fashion

YL Magazine

Badass youth, epic adult solutions and stuff that makes life more awesome

Donate, boost in-kind, team up with hero*ines

Reach milestones + shape a region’s future

Elite changemaker program for youth age 8 to 18

High impact action with today’s Gandhis & Gryffindores 24/7 365 in adventure game style

The Hero Show

+ The Planetary Guardian Podcast

Speakers & Coaches

World’s #1 speakers bureau for teen and adult hero*ines

Make School Awesome

Role model media, methods, Changemaker Student Clubs, project partners,  badges, exchanges, student fellowships

We Live SDGs - in Action!

Your Heart wants more than blabblah?
Change the world FOR REAL with us!

LearnSpaces / HQs

For youth to gather, team up, plan and realize projects – also pop-up’s, in crisis regions

TribalTravel

Visit hero*ines as family, volunteer, company, do youth exchanges, join Warrior Camp

Together, they form a holistic Enabling Environment for youth to self-organize projects in a global ecosystem of partners.

You are better equipped than anyone in human history.

Join the Tribe and access all of it for FREE

WE SUPPORT

QUALITY PROJECTS

WE SUPPORT

TRUE HERO*INES

WE SUPPORT

YOUTH TEAMS

WE SUPPORT

ADULT ALLIES

WE SUPPORT

SCHOOLS

WE SUPPORT

MEDIA

WE SUPPORT

WHERE NO ONE DOES

WE AIN’T BORING

SIARAH

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INDIVIDUALS

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

INDIVIDUALS

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

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Be a Crowdfunder, Messenger or Coach and boost global youth

PEOPLE CALL US HERO*INES

DO THE KIDS LIKE IT ?

YOU BET.

KIDS HELP

EN MASSE AT SCHOOL

STUDENTS MEET US

“WE SET OUT TO RAISE $500 – and GOT $1,400 in one week”

STUDENTS FORM CLUBS

AND MOVE MOUNTAINS YEAR-ROUND

350+ AWARDS

IN OUR COMMUNITY

World’s Children’s Peace Prize, Rotary World Teacher Prize, Brower Youth Award, Diana Award, President’s Environmental Youth Award, Diamond Jubilee Gold Medal, India’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs, IYONS Award, Images and Voices of Hope IVOH Award, UNESCO Program Structure, UN Online Volunteering Award, Top 30 Under 30, Nickelodeon Award, UN Forest Hero & many more 

IT WORKS FOR YOU, TOO

"The most energized lesson of my career."

Even the most quiet students had something to say. Students are inspired and wish to kow how they can help.

Teacher, Korea

"The posters were a smash hit with the students."

Peace Day was glorious! You should have been here! The principal decided to set up a long-term exhibit.

Volunteer, India

"The group was lame, until ..."

we used your posters and videos in week 8. Now, they are on fire to create an exhibit and fundraiser at school. Next time I do a training, I use it in week 1 – like you advised.

Youth coach, Germany

GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT US

OUR TEAM

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Meet our team of experienced leaders making a positive impact

OUR COMMUNITY

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Meet the people helping to amplify youth-led projects all over the planet

YOUR KIND OF THINKING IS VERY RARE.

POLLY HIGGINS, ECOCIDE IS A CRIME CAMPAIGN, BRITAIN