A world where communities have their interests effectively represented regardless of their resources.
LBS has multiple distinct but interrelated ventures.
Policy analysis- LBS executive board members use their experience competing in college policy debate at top levels to produce meaningful policial analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing Baltimore. LBS has addressed Education, Housing, and will move on to Youth Criminal Justice. We have met with elected officials and relevant stakeholders to discuses our policy proposals.
Community education and engagement- LBS hoists community forums on critical issues such as the occupy movement and race relations.
Youth engagement- LBS executive board members use their experience in education to run empowerment training and educational programming for youth, including running a mentoring program and creating specific programing for formerly incarcerated youth.
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is a Baltimore based, youth led think-tank and advocacy organization which works toward transformative change on behalf of Baltimore City’s most needy residents.
We seek to radically change the discourse around local and regional politics by injecting community voices into political conversations through policy research, advocacy, and community organizing from a grassroots perspective.
As one of the few political action committees where all the founding members are under the age of 25, we seek to use our unique experience as college educated youth raised in Baltimore City to challenge status quo “politics as usual” around the issues that most deeply effect disadvantaged communities.
We receive no funding from any foundations, nonprofits, or political parties. Instead, we are an independent group of concerned youth attempting to engage hands on with the political sphere.
Established in August 2010, LBS is comprised of a Board of Directors which runs day to day operations. All board members attended Baltimore City Public Schools. We feel this gives us critical personal experience with the conditions of poverty and community disempowerment we now seek to address.