Mission & Vision

The Southern Vision Alliance (SVA) is a grassroots intermediary organized for the charitable and educational purposes of providing infrastructure, capacity-building, and assistance to youth-centered organizations and programs. SVA supports leadership development and base-building work for social, racial, and environmental justice, along with gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and education justice in the US South.

The Southern Vision Alliance was conceived of in 2014 as a network of organizations that share a theory of change that center the leadership and brilliance of communities impacted both by historic inequalities and current austerity policies that disproportionately impact poor people, people of color, queer people, and youth. We provide infrastructure and coaching for leadership development and base-building in communities that desire to create create positive social change. We have helped to form and anchor several coalitions and provide strategic planning coaching to campaigns led by people directly impacted by the issue.

SVA is committed to building the capacity and power of youth-led and youth-centered organizations and movements knowing that often, young people are not given the space and resources to facilitate change. Displaying this commitment has meant providing stipends, trainings, and other resources to young people who face significant barriers to doing social justice organizing because of structural inequality.

MOVEMENT BUILDING AND COLLECTIVE IMPACT

We believe in the school of #LessEgoMoreImpact

We place the movement and our collective impact before any one specific organization or person.

We believe in collaborations that further a collective vision for justice and systemic change that will lead to a more democratic society. We are a best practices organization with experienced operations staff who provide training and administrative support to member programs, projects, staff, members, and volunteers.