Our mission is to empower and amplify the voices of teens and pre-teens by bridging them with diverse individuals to engage in interactive discussions centered around social justice.
Mission & About EYEJ EYEJ: Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice empowers and amplifies the voices of teens and pre-teens by bridging them with diverse individuals to engage in interactive discussions centered around social justice. Through outreach, discussion, and advocacy, EYEJ meets Cleveland’s underserved youth where they are and empowers them with tools and strategies to create positive change in their lives and our community. Through the Discussion Series and EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council, EYEJ has served 1,500 underserved youth, 99% of color and considered to be in poverty. EYEJ believes social justice means equality and opportunity for all. We believe a commitment to social justice requires us to value our collective diversity and commit to challenging injustice while simultaneously advocating on behalf of those who have the least. History Following the Trayvon Martin ruling in August, 2013, and the not guilty verdict, Mai Moore in collaboration with June Antoine set up a civic discourse meeting with Plymouth Church, UCC members. This dialogue concluded that youth deserved and needed new forms of support to be empowered and in the first meeting created EYEJ and the Discussion Series in which they test-piloted for two years. http://eyej.org/our-story/