Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education
Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education

Current Projects


CYCLE’s Current Projects


Central falls - understanding root causes of Inequities

As part of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) Understanding Root Causes of Inequities fund, the Central Falls School District (CFSD), in partnership with CYCLE and Diversity Talks, has embarked in a student, parent, and community driven process to deepen the district and community’s collective understanding of the barriers to equity facing CF schools. In particular, the project is designed to grow into a sustainable collaboration between CFSD, students, parents, and community.


New england Parent and Community Organizing Support

CYCLE provides technical assistance to Nellie Mae Education Foundation Lead Community Partners (LCPs), including Parents and Youth for Change (Burlington/Winooski, VT), Meriden Children First (Meriden, CT), Hartford Parent University (Hartford, CT), Pittsfield Listens (Pittsfield, NH), Portland Empowered (Portland, ME), and Women Encouraging Empowerment (Revere, MA), in their work as part of the foundation’s grants to increase public understanding and demand for student-centered learning and educational equity.


New england Youth organizing network (NEYON)

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.


Understanding root causes of inequities - Cross-District Learning

CYCLE provides technical assistance to support cross-site learning among the districts involved in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Understanding Roots Causes of Inequities grant fund (Cambridge and Waltham, MA; Manchester and Danbury, CT; Manchester, NH; and Central Falls, RI). CYCLE works to build participatory learning spaces through which district teams can build relationships, generate knowledge, engage in learning, and share victories and challenges.


youth leadership institute

The Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is a convening of youth leaders, adult allies, and educators from across New England with a shared vision of education equity. YLI attendees come together annually to build understanding and support around equity in schools, develop relationships, share learning and take on action planning for work in the upcoming school year.