Give Now To Spark The Next Generation of Civic Leaders
"From running a meeting to helping write a bill, YAP is able to fill our aspirations. They push us to strive for the unknown and be happy with that. They are the opportunity that many are waiting for." - Seika Brown, founder of Archnova Mental Health, a student-led organization that influenced and helped pass a WA mental health state bill in 2018
The Youth Activism Project (YAP) empowers teens to make systemic social change on issues they’re passionate about and directly impact their lives. We believe in a world in which youth activism is the norm—not the exception.
We provide free digital training, 1-1 expert coaching and peer mentoring, and paid fellowships for burgeoning teen activists, with a specific focus on educational equity, democratic engagement, and mental health campaigns created and driven by YAP teen change-makers. Since our founding in 2004, we have trained 1,000 teens, resulting in 35 policy wins at the state, local, and federal level.
Now, we are preparing for the future by paying our teen GOTV fellows to organize for the 2020 election, to pre-register 16-18 year olds in key states, and to launch our Movement-Builder Fellowship that will give 20 teen activists 6 months of civic leadership training and $1,000 grants to implement a local activism project. We hope you'll join us in creating a world where young people drive changes on issues affecting their lives!