Shift Press is a youth media organization that helps you move power through story sharing and education. Through our educational programs, youth share stories on local power and folks of all ages learn how to use media to their benefit.
Our supporters believe that young people deserve to be seen and heard. They play no role in guiding the journalism produced by the Shift Press or the planning and execution of events. Folks who wish to donate $1,500 or more should consider joining our Founders’ Circle.
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Shift Press was created by the Institute of Engagement, a collective that helps young people take responsible ownership of their Houston. With funding from the Simmons Foundation, the collective launched its Civic Fellowship in 2018, where a cohort of 13 students from across the Greater Houston area gained civic skills and knowledge and then applied them to a topic of their choice. (Topics included restorative justice, gentrification, and AAPI civic engagement, among others.)
By the end of that year-long program, it was clear that the fellows and their peers lacked autonomous spaces to share and amplify their work. Local legacy media organizations were and still are structurally apathetic and antagonistic to Houston’s young people.
As a result, the collective launched Shift Press July of 2022 with support from the Institute for Citizens and Scholars. Since then, the collective has engaged thousands of Houston young people and their stories through direct pitches and past organization activities: