Power of Youth Challenge: COVID-19 Response Grants


Power of Youth Challenge:
 COVID-19 Response Grants

This round of the Challenge is complete. Apply to the new Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing here


America’s Promise Alliance offered a set of mini-grants of $250 each as part of the Power of Youth Challenge.

The Power of Youth Challenge, which is made possible through support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, encourages and inspires youth-led remote service projects related to COVID-19 that young people can lead safely from home.

Through the Power of Youth Challenge, young people (ages 13-18) across the U.S. can identify a need in their communities related to COVID-19 and apply for a grant to help them put a remote service project into action.



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. 
  • Applicants must live in the U.S.
  • Participants must agree to report on project progress and reflect on your 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:


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 leaders as the project is ongoing-- twice, more help is available if requested
    • Participate in the technical assistance – webinars, Instagram Live etc.
    • 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.