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The challenges facing our community are increasingly complex. Today’s leaders for civic change need to be equipped with the creative problem solving skills necessary to co-create innovative solutions with local communities to build a healthier and more equitable future.

Come together with the next generation of community leaders to brainstorm real-world solutions on pertinent issues of injustice, inequality, and inequity in our community. The Young Leaders for Civic Change Program is for middle school to college students passionate about civic engagement and race relations. Join us in learning the basics of social innovation and community engagement to create change in our neighborhoods.

Why should youth participate?

In Young Leaders for Civic Change, participating youth will:

  • Develop the communication, leadership, and coalition-building skills necessary to tackle complex issues in the 21st century.

  • Network with like-minded individuals to build a community of changemakers.

  • Learn the basics of equity-centered community design method through a group project based on urban challenges such as (but not limited to): gun violence, racism, sexism, and poverty.

  • Begin to fulfill community service or service learning requirements.


After participating in Young Leaders for Civic Change, all youth will be able to:

  • Define key terms such as diversity, inclusion, equity, design, and social innovation.

  • Understand the basic principles of equity-centered community design.





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Bring Young Leaders for Civic Change to your school or youth program

Using our action-based curriculum within Young Leaders for Civic Change, your students will learn 21st Century skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, leadership, creativity, and cultural awareness! Bring this program to your youth organization!