Power of Youth Challenge

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Apply now for the Power of Youth Challenge to create and lead service projects in your community. 

The Power of Youth Challenge invites you to bring positive change to your community by leading a local service project. You can make a difference and develop skills you can use now and in the future. 

We know it can be hard to find the time and resources to volunteer.  We are committed to empowering more young people like you to be agents of change and create opportunities to do good in your community.

Through the Power of Youth Challenge, you will receive coaching and support as you develop your project. Every team that signs up will have access to financial support in the form of mini grants of $250. The amount of each grant will be determined by project needs.  


The #PowerofYouth Challenge is literally designed and powered by youth for youth.  Young people who have had some experience and traction with service have shaped this initiative to encourage others to serve, to learn more about the causes of an injustice or challenge and to take action against it. 

The (Youth) Steering Committee is the design team, identifying what they needed as they got started and creating avenues for coaching others to act on their passions. They are joined by a larger (Youth)  Council who are the coaches who review the applications and offer suggestions about how to make theirs strong enough for the $250 mini-grant.


Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Abdellatif
Preetam Bhutani
Alan Cruz
Sanah Jivani
Aric Hamilton
Elizabeth Zalanga



To be eligible for the program, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • All young people ages 13 – 18 who want to improve their communities are eligible to apply. 
  • Project teams are encouraged to involve at least 3 youth volunteers. 
  • Participants must agree to report on project progress and reflect on your project’s impact.
Application Criteria:

Application Criteria:

All applications must contain the following information.

  • Full applicant name
  • Location: state or territory, city town or county
  • Contact information – address, email, text/social - and a preference for how you want to be contacted.
  • Project Name
  • Project description – short and simple.
    • Why
    • What & how
    • When
    • How could you spend $250 to accomplish your plan
  • Keeping the Promise – what we ask of you: An agreement to follow-up with APA and report back on progress of project which includes
    • Check in with APA youth leaders as project ongoing-- twice, more help is available if requested
    • Participate in the technical assistance – webinars, Instagram Live, Twitter chats.
    • Promote project on social media channels using #PowerofYouth
    • Participate in APA storytelling photos, videos, interviews and other media that captures your initiative and outcomes.
    • Agree to speak to media about projects (if requested). Coaching will be provided.


November 25, 2019 Launch of Power of Youth Challenge
April 19, 2020 Application Deadline 

*Service projects do not need to be completed by April 19 in order to apply*

*Dates are subject to change.

To Apply

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Don’t know where to start?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you.  

  • Identify an issue in your community and learn more about it
  • Start planning your project with your team
  • Build a budget to implement your project
  • Apply for a grant of $250 to make it happen
  • Tell your story to a larger community who are also making their communities better

America’s Promise Alliance is proud to work in partnership with the Mott Foundation to create opportunities for young people to improve their communities through service.

Mott Foundation
America's Promise Alliance
In the news

In the News:

Power of Youth Challenge grantees in the news:

Friday, December 6, 2019 12:53 AM
Fishers student honored


November 25, 2019
Power of Youth Challenge: America’s Promise Awards 10 Winners with $1,000 to Expand their Service Projects and Bring Positive Impacts to their Communities
Youth today
Posted on December 6, 2019
Power of Youth Challenge Fuels Solutions Like College Prep, Blue Lollipops