Support this unique program that develops the next generation of community leaders, activists, and policy makers by engaging and empowering vulnerable youth, ages 14 to 18, who display leadership potential, but lack the support, resources, and opportunity to excel. The Youth Empowerment Program offers teens a opportunity to actively participate in community development by identifying issues; conducting research; proposing the resulting solutions to public officials; & reflecting on the process.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Many youth from low-income families, living in crime-ridden neighborhoods in the Pacific Northwest, are subjected to violent behavior by their peers and other community members - including gang violence - and go to poorly funded schools with few opportunities. Many teenagers grow up in single parent households where a mother, father, or grandparent is struggling to put food on the table. These youth often lack hope and a vision of a better future for themselves and their communities.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Youth Empowerment Program empowers vulnerable youth, ages 14-18, who show leadership potential, to make a difference in their own communities. Through the program's year-long curriculum, the teens develop vital skills in leadership, cive engagement, cirtical thinking, advocacy, and team building. The participating teens learn to identify local issues, research and propose solutions, and present them to local, state, and national public officials.
Potential Long Term Impact
Solutions proposed to government officials by the teens participating in the Youth Empowerment Program may actually become policies and laws. Marginalized communities can be made safer for children and youth to fulfill their potential and experience life in its fullest. Youth leaders can make a difference in their communities with their advocacy and "voice."
Total Funding Received to Date: $505
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $505 . The original project funding goal was $30,000.