People use IssueVoter to get alerts about new bills related to issues they care about, send opinions to their Representative before Congress votes, & track how often s/he represents them; becoming more informed voters at the next election. To give students & teachers a voice, IssueVoter partners w/ high schools & Colleges/Universities to provide year-round, real-time civic education & engagement.
Wise Young Builders bridges youth to the STEM trades and construction industry, helping community realize the practicality and value in skill development. We help youth design and build projects, meet real estate developers, visit construction sites, use tools and engage in activities to increase their interest in math and STEM related fields. We increase their confidence, aptitude and exposure.
Our organization provides disconnected youth (16-18 years of age) an opportunity to complete their education by way of getting a GED and provides them with occupational skills training where they leave with certifications in food-handling, customer service and warehouse fork-lift operation. Lastly, youth gain access to services to address their emotional and behavioral health needs.
We help special education leaders of color to design and implement equity initiatives that interrupt exclusionary practices and biases to improve the outcomes and experiences for diverse students with disabilities. We also build coalitions with organizations to create the structures needed to ensure lasting change by recruiting and retaining diverse special education personnel.
The technological advancements of the 21st century have transformed entire industries, allowing them to become more efficient, more customer-centered, and socially responsive. In the field of education, however, the impact potential of this technology has yet to be fully realized. We seek to close the digital divide by creating a community of socially innovative and tech-savvy educators.
Our nation’s leading advocacy orgs promote organizing models that reflect a western dominant culture of moving people to action from a place of fear & anxiety, perpetuating trauma and fostering toxic ecosystems of change. Sacred Generations introduces an Indigenous organizing model building civic leadership and power to heal system-impacted tribal communities in Native California.
Rural Opportunity Institute - Vichitra Jagannathan
We convene stakeholders across rural Eastern North Carolina to understand the causes of generational trauma in the community; to create a community-wide strategy to disrupt and prevent generational cycles of trauma; and to design, pilot and sustain solutions that align with this strategy and ultimately shift systems away from punishment and towards healing for people experiencing trauma.
The Youth Empowerment Broadcasting Organization (YEBO) is an in-depth, multi-year youth development and media makerspace partner for schools that helps youth in grades 5-8 surface and define their voice and discover their passions. Through transportable media labs, students explore, develop, and operate media-based enterprises through the lens of social justice and civic engagement.
The Marcy Lab School is a post-secondary education program designed to prepare low-income students of color for full-time careers in software engineering. We combine a year-long technical curriculum with socio-emotional/leadership development programming and a service-based apprenticeship to ensure that students are not only prepared to succeed as engineers but also as leaders and professionals.
Pay Our Interns promotes paid internships and pushes organizations to convert their internship program from unpaid to paid. Once an organization starts offering paid internships, we connect students from underrepresented communities with these new paid opportunities. Simply put, we are creating a diverse talent pipeline one paid internship at a time.
Youth Activism Project helps teens from any background build the skills, networks, and resources to create and lead advocacy campaigns on issues they are deeply passionate about. YAP teaches advocacy skills through our digital, peer-created Guide to Change, facilitates community between youth and adult mentors, and builds youth power by creating connections for exchanges with other teen activists.
Think of Us supports youth with experience in foster care between the ages of 14 and 26 with software that coaches them through their full transition into adulthood. Within this software, youth will be able to build and grow their network of supporters, who will then be activated to support youth in every facet of their journey, from finding a job to improving their grades to exploring their passions.
MindCatcher cultivates the agency of students of color and working class youth by partnering with their teachers to create student interest collaborations during the school day. We connect classrooms with industry partners and facilitate professional development workshops for educators. Topics include awareness building, co-design, community-industry partnership, reflection and data synthesis.