Youth Power Project

empowering the rising generation

This two-year effort, supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation, has two components: an online, multi-media curriculum on civic power, and a series of Youth Collaboratory meetings to empower and connect a rising generation of civic leaders and doers. The application is open now to apply for the 2018 Youth Collaboratory.

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Collaboratory Application

In this era of economic and political inequality, the work of power literacy is especially urgent, nowhere more so than in the rising generation of young people who will be facing the consequences of today’s polarization and inequality for years to come. Armed with the knowledge, skills, connections, and experience of the Youth Civic Power Curriculum and the Youth Collaboratory, our diverse cohort of passionate young people will be prepared to be true leaders of civic change in America for the next generation.

The Youth Power Curriculum is under development. Please check back soon!

The 2018 Youth Collaboratory cohort will consist of 24 highly-motivated students from around the country who are passionate about civic engagement and making a positive change in their communities and country.  Members of the Youth Collaboratory will travel to cities around the nation, meet leading civic innovators from across the country, participate in interactive workshops, and complete independent projects in their communities. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be connected to a network of incredible change-makers and gain the skills and connections for a lifetime of civic power. All costs are included in the program for those selected.

The program includes:

  • Travel, accommodations, and meals to attend three meetings of the Youth Collaboratory in 2018:
    • February 21-23 in Simi Valley, CA
    • June 13-15 in Kansas City, MO
    • September 19-22 in Charlottesville, VA
  • Tools, resources, and workshop trainings to become powerful, engaged citizen leaders
  • Connections with civic innovators and mentors
  • Connections with other student leaders and innovators from around the country

Who is eligible:

  • Applicants must be current High School sophomores and juniors at the time of applying
  • Applicants must live in the United States
  • Applicants must be able to attend all three Youth Collaboratory meetings
  • Students who come from backgrounds that historically have less access to power and civic opportunity are especially encouraged to apply, specifically young people of color, immigrants, and young women.