New Location !!

We are excited to announce the new location of our co-op incubator. This is a space where we can grow as a community and as people. We are open to new opportunities such as hosting events, having private meetings, and ways to get to know our community better. Stay tuned and join us on our journey and stay informed with updates, events, and ways to get involved. Thank you!

So It Begins! Youth Co-op Solutions Academy (YCSA) 2021

So it begins! Before February came to a close, we decided to Make Black History and launch our first youth-led co-learning space. Youth Cooperative Solutions Academy (YCSA) is planned as a 24-week program that supports youth to identify social issues they care about and create “cooperative solutions.” We welcomed an amazing group of WYC members and interns. First we got grounded talk about our origin story, reviewed our recent accomplishments, and mapped our network before going over logistics. We ended the session with a hour-long relationship-building activity that mixed various forms of self-expression.

Seizing the Time, Serving the People, and Building Power

Excerpt from “Building Co-ops and Serving the Community” by Megan McGee (Geo.Coop) “Recent social movements led by young people have shown Gen Z to be more progressive than any generation before, and more likely to embrace alternatives to the oppressive systems that previous generations have accepted as a given. While this has prompted many to speculate on what this could mean for the future, right now the youth of Worcester, MA are seizing the present to create change in their community. In a city with a poverty rate of more than 20%, exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19 on the local economy, a group of determined young people have formed a network of cooperatives to earn money while helping to … Continue ReadingSeizing the Time, Serving the People, and Building Power

We are Worcester Youth Cooperatives!

Welcome! We are Worcester Youth Cooperatives. We are an autonomous collective of youth-run cooperatives that pools together resources and skills to transform our communities, educate other youth to start their own cooperatives, and struggle together for collective liberation! In September, 2020 6 high school seniors founded WYCs in the midst of the CoronaVirus Pandemic. Genesis, Yari, Laci, Livingston, Jahir, and Mekhi saw that homelessness, the opiate pandemic, hunger, and other systemic problems were exacerbated by the global spread of the virus. The youth linked up with their friends, Mutual Aid Worcester, 508 BikeLife, and community allies to rapidly organize 3 “cooperative solutions” to social issues they cared about: “Hydroponic Healers Co-op” grows produce which, “BikeLife Delivery Co-op“ distributes along with … Continue ReadingWe are Worcester Youth Cooperatives!

Update from “S.O.S. Worcester”

BIG SHOUT-OUT to everyone who has contributed to support our mission over the past month. Y’all have shared coats, shoes, hand-knit blankets, and cash that we have used to buy tampons, pads, hygiene kits, gloves, and other supplies for our homeless neighbors. Now that the eviction moratorium is over and now that is SNOWING we’re feeling the pressure to organize URGENT support for the streets ASAP. None of us are comfortable this winter until all of us are comfortable! None of us are free until all of us are free! PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR ARE ASKING US FOR GLOVES AND WE ALREADY RAN OUT! If you have any to donate, that’s great! Hit us up to arrange a drop-off. If not, … Continue ReadingUpdate from “S.O.S. Worcester”