Seeking Volunteers to Support Teen Changemakers
The Youth Activism Project (
) is a national nonprofit organization that helps young activists drive local and global change. Since 2004, we have coached dozens of campaigns addressing causes from promoting girls’ education globally to fighting sugary drinks to ending gun violence. Guided by our philosophy that campaigns should be "youth-led, adult-supported," our teen advocates have influenced the passage of 30 laws and policies, raised $70,000 for their causes, and published two how-to action guides by youth, for youth.
To keep up with the growing activism of today's youth, we are looking to build our network of "Adult Allies," who will receive training on how to respectfully partner with teens to create high-impact social change campaigns for issues they care about. Whether you are a teacher, community organizer, or just someone who really believes in the power of youth, we want you to join our community!
If you know youth who will be a good fit for this opportunity and/or you would like to advise them, please pass along the application for students:
Please email us with any questions or suggestions at
How To Be An Adult Ally
Allies will partner with a teen-led group to generally serve as a thought partner to ensure the success of their campaign. Your role typically includes but is not limited to:
- Helping with research and brainstorming tactics
- Identifying relevant connections to other groups and individuals (including policymakers!)
- Helping to troubleshoot group dynamic issues or to regain momentum
- Facilitating reflection on successes and challenges
Summary of ally responsibilities:
- Devote 2-3 hours upfont for our collaborative coaching training (flexible to accommodate to your schedule)
- Minimum 1-3 hours a week while the campaign is active
- Interact with youth group regularly using their chosen platforms (GroupMe, Google Classroom, etc)
- Check-in regularly with the Youth Activism Project team (and other allies, if you desire) to troubleshoot, come up with ideas for tactics, etc.
First and last name
City and state
How did you hear about this opportunity?
From a teen that wants me to be their Adult Ally
From someone I know
Can you commit to the online training and to supporting a youth-led campaign a minimum of one to three hours a week?
What experience do you have as a mentor, coach, or youth leader? Describe the context (age, background, purpose of coaching, etc.) as well as your coaching style.
Are there specific skills you want to learn or strengthen?
What issues are you passionate about? Do you have any current or prior experience with these issues?
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