Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer 

summer of serivce

Power of Youth Challenge:
 Serve This Summer 

The Power of Youth Challenge: Serve This Summer is a leadership and service opportunity provided to youth age 13-19 during summer 2021.  

Through this challenge, America’s Promise puts funds directly in the hands of young people who want to make a difference in their communities. To apply for a $300 mini-grant, young people should identify a need in their communities and share an idea for a service project to address it. In addition to building their own leadership, service, and career skills, grant winners will make a meaningful impact in their communities.

The application generally takes around 15 minutes to complete. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM ET on July 30, 2021. 

This initiative is made possible through support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.



To be eligible for the program, young people should: 

  • Be between 13 – 19 years old. 
  • Live in the U.S.
  • Agree to report on project progress and reflect the project’s impact. 
  • Projects must follow CDC's guidelines for social distancing for the applicant's safety as well as the projects audience's health and well being. 
Application Criteria:


Below are some examples of previous service projects that have been funded through the Power of Youth Challenge. 

Project Exchange Virtual 

The Digital Exchange Program is a free, fully online study abroad experience. Students are matched with a peer from a different country, and over 12 weeks, participate in weekly video calls and activities to simulate the exchange experience. 

Go Green Central New Jersey 


Gabriella wants to organize community clean-ups around the Raritan River and to create flyers to put in the Middlesex County Park System to encourage people to not dump garbage in the rivers and parks. 


Adopt an elder COVID-19 


Annika recruits students at her school, nearby towns, family members, and friends across the world to write handwritten letters and create art for local nursing homes. She also collects books, games, and art supplies to entertain residents. 




CityGreens is a New York City-based organization that provides free “little urban gardens” composed of a pot, soil, a germinated lettuce plant, and growing instructions. 


Math for All 


Zhijian believes math can be fun and educational even when presented in an online format. He used his current leadership and community service experience as the founder of the Red Eagle Youth Service Association to help Chicago youth stay educationally engaged with math during the summer. 


Insight Club 


Gayatri P. noticed that there were many topics that were not discussed in school, such as credit scores, taxes, volunteering opportunities, and internships, which resulted in the creation of Insight club, where students provide insight to other students regarding inadequately discussed topics. 


R.I.M.E. (Represent in Math and Engineering) Time 


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.