‘Power of Youth Challenge: Serve this Summer’ grant winners, ages 13-19, received mini grants to lead service projects in their communities
WASHINGTON — America’s Promise Alliance today announced 174 grants awarded as part of The Power of Youth Challenge: Serve this Summer—a leadership and service opportunity offered to young adults this summer who are leading change in their communities.
The Power of Youth Challenge: Serve this Summer is part of America’s Promise’s ongoing commitment to invest in the work of youth leaders who are making a difference across the country.
The grant winners hail from 41 states and the District of Columbia, are 13 to 19 years old, and represent a diverse group of young leaders. They each received mini grants of $300 to support their projects. The youth-led service projects address a wide array of challenges young people identified in their communities, including COVID-19 misinformation, homelessness, access to green spaces, and education inequality.
“Young leaders are taking it upon themselves to transform their communities and we are inspired and energized by their projects,” said Mike O’Brien, CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. “We seek to uplift and empower young people to take action in their communities because, as we’ve seen with the Serve this Summer Challenge, young people provide new perspectives on community issues and are able to mobilize volunteers of all ages to creatively address those issues.”
Serve this Summer represents the latest round of the Power of Youth Challenge. Since 2019, the Challenge has asked young people across the U.S. to identify a community need and develop a project to address it. To date, America’s Promise has awarded more than 500 grants to young people through the Power of Youth Challenge.
The Challenge was made possible through 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.
Below are three grant winners who are representative of the diverse array of projects funded this round:
Project Care for You
Aratrika K. and her sister Urjoshi K. are the founders of Unchained– a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking. Through Unchained, Aratrika and Urjoshi launched Project Care For You—an initiative created to support survivors of human trafficking by supplying them with care packages. The grant award will support the Unchained team as they purchase items for the packages they will distribute across Georgia.
David M. felt moved by the death of Black men and women like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Kobe Bryant, and Chadwick Boseman to create #LetLoveLead. The purpose of #LetLoveLead is to connect young people in his community with opportunities to learn about and celebrate Black history and leadership. Together with friends and classmates, he’s using his grant to supply local school libraries with books on Black history and is organizing a 3-hour playlet on racial healing at his local community theater.
Addie’s Spread Your Sunshine
Addison L. noticed that many economically-disadvantaged families in her community were unable to celebrate birthdays. Addison L.’s solution was to create Addie’s Spread Your Sunshine, where children who face economic or transportation barriers can participate in fun activities. With her grant, Addison will host monthly activities for children in the community through Addie’s Spread Your Sunshine as well as Churches United for Homeless.
America’s Promise Alliance is the driving force behind a nationwide movement to improve the lives and futures of America’s youth. Its work is anchored in the belief that every young person deserves to succeed, and every adult is responsible for making that happen. By bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, community and civic leaders, educators, citizens, and young people, the Alliance does what no single organization can do on its own: catalyze action on a scale that reaches millions of young people. www.AmericasPromise.org