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.

24 highly-motivated students from around the country will join Citizen University and travel to cities around the nation, meeting leading civic innovators, sharpening their literacy in citizen power and producing their own independent projects in their communities.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be connected to a network of incredible change-makers and gain skills and connections for a lifetime of civic power. 


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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 9 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 open next.

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.”

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