Our Programs

Our Focus & Approach

We focus our work on understanding, identifying, addressing, and eliminating the barriers that limit young people’s prospects for growing and fully contributing to society. To this end, we invest in youth-­led strategies that create opportunities for all young people to fully participate and contribute to society. We pride ourselves on being bold and willing to take informed risks to further equity and inclusion. Our approach:

  • is grounded in the experiences and insights of young people and their allies;
  • confronts and works to dismantle systemic barriers to access and inclusion;
  • supports strategies that are forward thinking, scalable, and results-­oriented;
  • is focused on systemic change while responding to immediate community priorities; and
  • is evidence-based and builds on effective approaches and practices.

Our Granting Tools: Supporting Young People to Organize and Drive Social Change

We recognize that young people take action in immediate ways and address community and systemic issues that seem insurmountable. In revamping our granting strategy, we are investing in three inter-­connected programs that will empower young people in their roles as community leaders and have a significant impact on advancing inclusion and wellbeing of young people. These programs are: Youth Direct Action, Scaling Impact, and Knowledge Building.

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