The Freedom Youth Squad are youth leaders of Freedom Inc. – a Black and Southeast Asian non-profit organization that works with low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County, Wisconsin. Their mission is to achieve social justice through coupling direct services with leadership development and community organizing that will bring about social, political, cultural, and economic change resulting in the end of violence against women, gender-non-conforming and transgender folks, and children within communities of color.
They work to challenge the root causes of violence, poverty, racism and discrimination, believing that people who are most affected by these issues must have voice, power, resources and choice, in order for true social change to happen. Beyond the Freedom Youth Squad, Freedom Inc. has a number of other intersectional campaigns and programs centered around ending violence and promoting safe spaces for Black and Southeast Asian communities, including Black Girls Matter, Lotus Youth Group, Viv Ncaus Dance Troop, Khmer Women’s Healing Circle, and Debra’s Love.
At the core of Freedom Inc.’s intersectional justice work are three pillars: Gender Justice, Queer Justice, and Black and Southeast Asian Liberation. These pillars do not stand alone but are rather in deep interconnection with one another.