Press Release

America’s Promise Alliance Launches Service Opportunity for Teens Leading Racial Healing

Grants provided with support from The Allstate Foundation empower teens to tackle injustice in their communities.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2021The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing empowers teens to design and lead service projects to promote racial equity and address systemic racism. On this National Day of Healing, America’s Promise Alliance and The Allstate Foundation—which supports youth through social and emotional learning and service-learning programs—are announcing their partnership to provide up to 200 grants of $250 to support youth service projects across the country.

"America's Promise Alliance has a longstanding history of working hand-in-hand with young people to tackle some of society's most pressing challenges," said Dennis Vega, interim president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance. "This Power of Youth Challenge builds on that history while reinforcing the Alliance's commitment to addressing systemic racism across youth-supporting organizations and systems. We know that we will learn a lot from the grant winners, and we look forward to the creativity and thoughtfulness they will bring to their project ideas and communities."

Youth Leading Racial Healing builds on the success of previous Power of Youth Challenges, the most recent of which supported 150 youth service projects in more than 35 states that responded to an array of community needs made more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Young people are our future leaders, and their passion, energy and drive to address today’s most urgent challenges is inspirational,” said Francie Schnipke Richards, vice president, The Allstate Foundation and Societal Innovation. “We are proud to partner with America’s Promise Alliance to support youth in creating a better world for all of us.”

Youth Leading Racial Healing Challenge winners will be announced later this year, chosen by youth mentors, including prior Challenge winners. The youth mentors will also help applicants clarify goals and project activities, connect winners to resources and experienced leaders committed to anti-racism, and help these teens become part of a flourishing community of youth service leaders.

Examples of potential projects include establishing a school equity committee and adding books and resources by diverse authors to a local library. Youth can submit project ideas through April 30, which will be evaluated and funded on a rolling basis. More information about the Challenge, including the online application form, is available at www.AmericasPromise.org/RacialHealing.

About America’s Promise Alliance

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

About The Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation accelerates positive change by empowering and educating the most vulnerable, inspiring today's visionaries and promoting community leadership. More information on The Allstate Foundation is available online or by org following @AllstateFDN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.