Press Release

America’s Promise Alliance Announces 201 Grants for Youth-Led Service Projects

The Power of Youth Challenge provides funding for young adults making change in their communities this summer

WASHINGTON - America’s Promise launches 201 Serve This Summer grants as part of the Power of Youth Challenge–a leadership development opportunity for young adults seeking to serve their communities. At the conclusion of this summer, the Serve This Summer Challenge will have provided a total of 375 grants to summer service projects since 2021.

“The Power of Youth Challenge empowers young adults to lead our country forward,” said Mike O’Brien, CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. “We look forward to seeing the innovative ways in which Power of Youth winners address the urgent and interconnected challenges facing their communities through service this summer.”

The 2022 Serve This Summer Challenge is the fourth year of grants offered as part of the America’s Promise Power of Youth Challenge. In the past three years, grant winners have hailed from over 40 states and the District of Columbia. Over the course of the program, service projects have addressed community needs on topics ranging from food insecurity and homelessness to student mental health, virtual learning, and COVID-19 misinformation.

The Power of Youth Challenge: Serve this Summer is illustrative of America’s Promise Alliance’s commitment to advancing equity and increasing opportunities for and with young people. Designed by and led in partnership with young people, the Power of Youth Challenge offers grants to young people across the country to lead change themselves. In addition to funding, winners receive coaching on planning and executing their projects and are connected with a national network of like-minded, service-oriented youth.

The Challenge has been made possible through the support of a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which supports nonprofits around the world that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society, including organizations that empower young people through service.  

Winners will be announced later this year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until limited funds are allocated. To be considered early applicants, youth can submit project ideas by May 31, 2022. More information about the Challenge, including the online application form, is available at americaspromise.org/POY.

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About America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance brings the country’s most inspiring youth-supporting organizations and leaders together in authentic community and fosters a commitment of radical support and collaboration. We focus on strengthening our organizations and creating powerful coalitions in pursuit of collective action. Together, we reimagine the systems impacting young people and work to create a more just and equitable America that empowers every next generation to lead our country forward.

About Mott Foundation
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which supports nonprofits around the world that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society, including organizations that empower young people through service.