Empowering the Rising Generation

Youth Collaboratory

The Youth Collaboratory is a year-long program to empower and connect a rising generation of civic leaders and doers.

Two dozen highly motivated students from around the country will join Citizen University to learn how civic power works, design their own Power Projects, and network with civic changemakers from across the country.

Over the course of a year, you’ll build skills and relationships that will help you build civic power over your lifetime.


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Past Participants

What is civic power? Who has it, how can you build it, and how do you use it to make positive change happen in your community? The Youth Collaboratory aims to bring together 24 highly-motivated high school students who are excited to dive into these questions, and give them the ideas, resources, and connections to not only build but circulate power in their schools and hometowns.

Over the nine months of the program, students will travel to cities from around the nation, meet leading civic innovators from across the country, and put these ideas into action through the development of a personal Power Projects.

Interested? If you’d like to apply to the Youth Collaboratory, you can add your name to the interest list to be notified when applications in the fall of 2021.

Participants of the Youth Collaboratory have come from all over the United States, representing every region of the country with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Here is some of what they had to say about the Youth Collaboratory:

“The highlight was getting to connect to people in the successful, professional world and talk to them about the issues and projects that they’re working on. It’s really inspiring.”

“I was shocked at the space we created, that we allowed each other to feel safe expressing our opinions and views.”

“I was so pleased to be welcomed into a group that taught me how to be the best civic version of myself that I could be.”