Our Tomorrow

Led by youth for youth, building power to drive policy change.

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Our Mission

Our Tomorrow is helping young people find their voices and build their futures. We connect young people from across the city and train them as researchers and policy advocates while helping to foster the leaders of tomorrow, today. Working with school districts and local government leaders, we help adults understand the importance of giving young people a seat at the table.

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Our Core Beliefs

Our Tomorrow seeks to connect with young people who have historically been left out of decision-making processes.

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We believe in making decisions with young people, not for young people.

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We believe youth voice and agency should be inclusive and reflect the demographics of our city.

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We believe inter-generational leadership is the foundation for effective policy and decision-making at youth-serving institutions.

We have created a youth-driven agenda from middle and high school students. Who is working to increase mental health access and sexual education and end the school to prison pipeline. Today, these youth are working closely with mentors, learning how to research issues, and becoming advocates for policy changes that impact their lives.

"I learned not just how to talk about ideas, but how to put them into action. It’s not just about what we can do in high school, but to enrich our entire city. Our Tomorrow helps us have those conversations with leaders — and they’re listening."
Lola Sanchez
17 years old

Where We Focus

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Aligning Pathways

We do this by acting as a connector among the many agencies and nonprofits working in Bexar County to empower local youth.

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Coordinating Data

We share data within our network of partners to help young people advocate for themselves.

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Advocating Policy Change

We promote policy changes that contribute to unlocking the full potential of our young people.

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Our Impact on
San Antonio Youth

Throughout the year, we have three significant events that allow young people to learn more about policy and advocacy. We listen to their most pressing concerns and build our agendas around those key issues. In essence, we know that decisions that affect young people should include their voices. We provide opportunities for adults to hear the needs and opportunities of young people. We know that together, we’re stronger.

How You Can Engage

Youth Voice Summit

Held each April, our summit brings young people together for a day of skill-building and workshops led by community leaders. It also helps youth leaders keep the momentum going in their schools and communities.

Speak Up! Speak Out!

In partnership with the UT Austin Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, this civics fair gives young people the opportunity to identify community problems and craft solutions. Speak Up! Speak Out! is open to students in grades 3-12. Winning teams compete in Austin for a chance to earn funds to use toward the implementation of their proposed solution.

Summer Policy Institute

A free two-week political training program, open to any interested young person, held every summer. The Institute seeks to accomplish three key goals:

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Learn how to navigate political, social, and economic systems to work towards a policy goal

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Feel confident using the skills you’ve acquired to advance your personal and political goals

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Have access to a network of youth leaders and adult professionals across San Antonio

Our Partners

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K-12

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Higher education

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Non-profits in Bexar County

By the Numbers

Civic engagement opportunities for young people are known to yield greater learning and increased graduation rates in K-12 schools, community colleges, and 4-year institutions.

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students across 7 school districts participated in Our Tomorrow’s first ever virtual Town Hall
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young people participate in Speak Up! Speak Out! each year
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paid youth organizers lead fiscal mapping and digital badging initiatives
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youth staff leaders co-create Our Tomorrow strategies

View Our Tomorrow’s Resources

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