Malcolm Davis, outgoing youth leader speaking at 2018 leadership convening


Youth Leadership Application Now Open!

Here’s what past and present youth leaders have said about their experiences as board and trustee members of America’s Promise Alliance.

Maybe it’s that high school senior who isn’t afraid to debate or disagree with her teachers on issues she’s passionate about. It could be the college junior who doesn’t speak loudly or often, but offers wisdom that surpasses his years when he does share his perspective. Or it’s the recent graduate who has already founded a nonprofit and is eager to take on the world.

Whatever their particular strength or passion, chances are there is a specific young person that springs to mind when you hear the words “youth leader.” And we want them to apply for a youth leadership position with America’s Promise!

We are looking for two young people between the ages of 16-22 to serve a two-year term on our Board of Directors and with our Alliance Trustees. Each will attend annual meetings in Washington, act as a full voting member of the leadership body, and play a valuable role in shaping our strategic direction.

Here is what past youth leaders have said about their experiences:

  • “My work as a youth trustee gave me the power to write and speak out about the difficulties I faced in the public education system as a student living with multiple disabilities… They taught me how to lead.” Read the full essay Ola Ojewumi wrote about her experience here.
  • Former youth board member Stephanie Watkins-Cruz said the experience helped her rethink what it means to be a leader. “My time on the board at America’s Promise Alliance has taught me many things, but the one thing I will hold on to the most is that no one is ever too removed to be engaged,” she wrote.

    She continued to say that, “No matter where my life, academics, or career take me, I will never see the future without seeking a way to invest in the life of a young person the way so many have invested in me.”

From reflecting on the events in Charlottesville and offering tips for fighting cyberbullying to sitting side-by-side with other industry leaders for a roundtable discussion on youth voice, America’s Promise youth leaders have shared their stories, opinions, and ideas for change with fellow-change makers.

  • Outgoing board member Malcolm Davis recently made an important point about youth leadership: “My voice is not only valid when I sing the praises of the board. It’s valid when I speak against it and disagree with something.”

We couldn’t agree more. So, if you know a young person unafraid to share their story and raise their voice, have them apply by July 20

Learn more about youth leadership opportunities at America's Promise