The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing is a leadership and service opportunity supporting youth-designed projects that promote racial equity and address systemic racism. The Challenge provides young people (ages 13-19) across the U.S. with the opportunity to identify a need in their communities related to racial healing and apply for a $250 grant to support a (COVID-safe) service project. In addition to building their own leadership, service, and career skills, grant winners will have the opportunity to increase understanding, communication, caring, and respect within their communities through service projects that address racial division and injustice.
The Challenge, made possible with generous support from The Allstate Foundation, launched on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the National Day of Racial Healing. Funded projects may encompass a range of activities—from establishing a school anti-racism committee to bolstering the availability of books and resources by racially and ethnically diverse authors in a local library.
Together, these youth-led service projects will:
- Reinforce and honor our common humanity, while celebrating the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
- Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and empower young people to curate experiences that help people of all ages start to heal.
- Engage young people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring, and respect for one another.
- Activate young people to play an important role in addressing systemic racism in their communities through service.
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:
Applications are due by May 31, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until limited funds are allocated.
The application takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions.
Respond to an identified need in their community related to promoting racial equity and/or healing
Have tangible, concrete outcomes
Projects should not:
Be overtly political in nature and/or relate to a specific political party
Center around boycotts and/or campaign against something
To be eligible for the program, individuals and/or teams must meet the following criteria:
All young people ages 13 – 19 who want to improve their communities are eligible to apply.
Applicants must live in the U.S.
Participants must agree to report on project progress and reflect on their project’s impact.
Projects must follow CDC's guidelines for social distancing for both the applicants’ and their project audiences’ health and wellbeing.
Power of Youth Legacy Projects:
Here are a few projects from year 1 and 2 of the Power of Youth Challenge that focused on racial healing:
Pathways to Power seeks to address the generational cycle of violence in Washington, D.C, with a particular focus on the needs of Black youth.
Through R.I.M.E. (Represent In Math and Engineering), Emerson hosts a series of free, virtual engineering workshops for elementary and middle school students who lack access to affordable STEM education and enrichment.
Amigos de México raises awareness about the issues that the Mexican-American community in California faces through online education programs, cultural activities, and discussion of current events.
Racial Healing Project Ideas: