Calling All Youth Leaders!

State of Young People Youth and Board chair

America’s Promise Alliance is looking for great young leaders for highly visible roles in the leadership of our organization. We are currently seeking young people between the ages of 18-24 to serve a three-year term on our Board of Directors and with our Alliance Trustees. Selected candidates will be expected to attend all meetings either by video or in person when possible, and act as full voting members of each Board. Those selected will serve through October 2020-2023. We encourage young people from all backgrounds to apply. All applications must be submitted by Monday, August 31, 2020!

Today’s young people are at the forefront of social change movements in this country, and they are actively using their voices to let adults know what they need. They are getting involved in civic life, demanding change, and organizing to create the world they want for themselves. In response, we at America's Promise Alliance (America’s Promise) have been asking ourselves what we can do to uplift the voices of young people further. As the world continues to grapple with ongoing systemic problems and young people continue to use their voices to present solutions, we must actively listen to them and create the space for them to tell us how we can support their efforts. 

America’s Promise represents an army of caring adults and organizations working to improve the lives and life prospects of young people. Since our inception in 1997, we have worked hard to ensure the voices of our young people are included in program designs, strategic plans, and other organizational and systemic efforts to improve their lives. And there is always an opportunity for growth in our efforts. 

It is essential that America’s Promise and our Alliance Partners are more inclusive of youth voices and that we recognize how young people’s needs have evolved with the acceleration of technology, the threat of the global pandemic, and continued civil unrest. In this current landscape, the tools young people need to succeed are different, and America’s Promise —whose members range from national legacy organizations to systems-level leaders to individual practitioners across the country—must be there to listen and answer their call. 

America’s Promise’s key goal is to uplift and support young people and provide them with authentic opportunities for leadership. One of the best ways to do that is by including young people on our boards. We are seeking young leaders with strong voices to represent their constituents on our Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, helping to ensure that any decisions made will always have young people in mind and benefit from their insight. Youth leaders will be key in bringing a fresh perspective, allowing the members of the boards to tap into an unreached network, and improve our work by providing unique points of view. Finally, youth leaders will engage with APA program leaders and staff members to help carry out and promote the work of APA’s ongoing campaigns and initiatives. 

Below you will find the leadership bodies we are currently looking for youth leaders to join this fall. Be sure to read the eligibility rules and requirements for each. Applicants may apply for one or both of the positions on the same form.

  • Board of Directors - The Board of Directors at America’s Promise Alliance supports the mission and vision of the organization and provides strategic organizational governance. Members, both youth leaders as well as adults, guide the organization towards success by ensuring ethical and legal management and adequate resources to aid its mission. 

  • Board of Alliance Trustees - The Board of Trustees is a group of over 40 leaders of national organizations across all sectors and young leaders. These trustees help shape America’s Promise Alliance’s strategies, act as spokespeople for APA, and help advise the Board of Directors on programmatic work based on what the needs are in the youth-serving sector. 

>> Meet our current youth leaders

>> Additional Questions and FAQs


  • Understand the mission, vision, and values of America’s Promise Alliance and its programs.  

  • Attend regular board meetings (either in-person or virtual) and come prepared and informed by reviewing the agenda and other board documents. 

  • Model youth empowerment by contributing skills, knowledge, and ideas during meetings and asking clarifying questions.  

  • Act as a representative of the organization to both internal and external audiences in a positive and professional manner. External audiences include major APA events with the public and outside stakeholders. Internal audiences include APA staff-only functions or board-only events. 

  • Provide oversight on a range of organizational decisions. This could include finances, current and future initiatives, and other strategic measures. Further guidance on this will be addressed during onboarding.  

  • Work directly with the Director of Youth Engagement who will act as the liaison between the youth leaders and the staff.  

  • Be available for duties assigned outside of board meetings. This could include being accessible by phone for continued conversations, travel for other events, and other substantial projects. 

  • Contribute to APA’s outreach efforts by serving as an advocate and ambassador to others to develop new leads and share these leads for the purpose of prospecting by the Resource Development (fundraising) team as potential donors. 

  • The Board of Directors meet three times a year either in person, or by video. NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings are being held virtually by video.) 

  • The Board of Trustees meet 2-3 times a year and have similar expectations as the Board of directors. 


  • Increased networking opportunities: interact with top leaders in a range of fields who sit on our board. 

  • Experiential opportunities: get first-hand experience working on boards that make a variety of strategic and governing decisions on behalf of APA. 

  • Resume booster: sitting on a board is a great addition to a resume, especially when looking for further opportunities.  

  • Improve skills: ability to increase your skills in leadership, interpersonal relationships, decision-making, governance, and public speaking. 

  • Knowledge building: learn more about how nonprofits and their boards, budgets, and other strategic processes work. 


memberServing as a part of the leadership at America’s Promise is an exciting opportunity but is also a real responsibility. Before applying, please review the following list and make sure you are able to meet the requirements and expectations. All applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-24 on August 31, 2020.
  • Selected candidates will be expected to attend all meetings either by video or in person when possible. The Alliance will cover all required travel costs for individuals chosen as members if travel is required.
  • Available to serve as an America’s Promise Youth Leader through October 2023.
  • Be willing to share their story as a young American in the 21st century with the leadership body and potentially to a larger America’s Promise audience.

Prior experience with an Alliance partner or other America’s Promise Alliance strategy is preferred though not required. (GradNation Community Summits, GradNation Communities, Alliance Partners)

Application Guidelines

  1. Applications should be submitted through the online form provided by America’s Promise Alliance. Prior permission is required for applications submitted on paper or by other means. All applications must be submitted by Monday, August 31, 2020!
  2. Video option: Applicants may answer the narrative questions through video if they prefer; applicants should still answer the questions about contact information on the application.
  3. Applications are currently open only to US Citizens and those young people currently residing in the United States. All submissions should be in English. If an applicant is unable to complete the application in English, please contact the Alliance for assistance.
  4. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  5. All decisions are the sole discretion of America’s Promise Alliance.

Apply Now

Application Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020!


Maya Grigorovich-Barsky (she/her/hers) |
Senior Director, Executive Operations & Events
America’s Promise Alliance

[email protected]