If you know a resource that others ought to know about, please submit it through the form below, or send us an email. Thank you!
Summary: Spark is a youth empowerment program that addresses the dropout crisis by re-engaging at-risk students through hands-on, individualized apprenticeships. Spark operates summer and after-school programs that match students with apprenticeships in professions of their choice at local workplaces. Started in San Francisco in 2004, Spark is currently running programs in several cities in the Bay Area as well as Los Angeles.
Summary: Student Research and Development (StudentRND) is a student-run non-profit organization that aims to inspire students to learn more about science and technology by offering hands-on opportunities for students to explore beyond and experiment with the concepts that were so laboriously covered in school textbooks. Technology is so prevalent nowadays - and yet, students are not really learning about the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. StudentRND is working to inspire students - through our enriching, hands-on workspace experience, through educational visits to science labs, and through a sense of community.
Summary: Students at the Center (SAC) is an independent program that since 1996 has worked within public schools in New Orleans. The students of SAC participate through English and elective writing and social studies classes in their schools. We teach both regular and advanced core curriculum classes that are open to all students. In addition to the daily classes, since Hurricane Katrina, SAC graduates have worked as key staff members, serving as resource teachers in public school classrooms, organizers for youth involvement, and producers of youth media.
Summary: Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world. Teaching for Change operates from the belief that schools can provide students the skills, knowledge and inspiration to be citizens and architects of a better world -- or they can fortify the status quo. By drawing direct connections to 'real world' issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.
Summary: Since 1995, Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.) has provided curriculum based, outdoor earth education programs to over 13,000 children, parents and teachers from Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. While providing academic challenges, we instill a caring attitude and provide fundamental knowledge of how the systems on the Earth work. Our programs also immerse children in a safe and natural environment where they are nurtured and can develop a deep appreciation for the precious plants and animals that live on the Earth through thought provoking experiential activities. The culmination of these components creates the impetus for children to make wiser decisions on how to preserve the wonderful diversity of our natural world and to make choices to live more lightly on our magnificent, but often abused, planet.
Summary: The Gorge Ecology Institute endeavors to promote knowledge, stewardship, and curiosity of the local environment among the people who live, work and play in this region. A sense of place provides people with opportunities to learn about and connect with their community and their natural surroundings. Place-based education is relevant to people's everyday lives, which encourages them to take pride in the place where they live, to connect with the world in a natural way, and to develop into informed and contributing citizens. Our array of environmental science and educational programs promote understanding and appreciation of the ecological underpinnings of the local forest and shrub-steppe communities and how these ecosystems operate in connection to the human world.
Summary: Fertile Grounds Project is a non-for-profit educational organization whose mission is to empower urban youth who are being left behind in school. We do this by providing them with the space, tools, and support they need to take ownership over their education and by helping them build an identity in a world where they can thrive and excel. Programs include a 3-week summer camp called Camp Kadia, 3-day Survival Projects, and the Hallway Project that involves youth in individualized study programs within schools.
Summary: The Morgan Book Project aims to promote an appreciation for books in children of the digital age by providing authentic materials to write, illustrate and construct their own medieval and Renaissance-inspired illuminated manuscripts. The free program was developed by the Morgan Library and Museum with the New York City Department of Education for public school grades 3 through 7.
Summary: THE POINT Community Development Corporation is dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Each of THE POINT's programs is based on the principles of asset-based community development. Our programs and projects embrace our belief that the residents of the South Bronx, especially the young people, have the inherent vision and ability to transform their neighborhoods. For THE POINT, at-risk children and teens are not bundles of problems - they are wellsprings of solutions. THE POINT is located in an incredible renovated space that includes a theater, open area for workshops and gatherings, music studios, outdoor space with beautiful murals, and several storefronts for related community development organizations that work seamlessly with THE POINT.
Summary: The Possibility Project empowers teenagers to create safe, peaceful, and productive lives and communities. Using the performing arts and community action as vehicles, The Possibility Project aims to develop the next generation of engaged community leaders. The vision of TPP is to create a society where teenagers are valued, respected and play a leading role in creating a better world.
Summary: Urban Underground was started in 2000 by a collective of young leaders led by co-founders Sharlen Moore and Reggie Moore to address a critical need to provide youth with alternatives to violence, support for academic achievement, and increased chances for higher education and employment instead of incarceration. Today Urban Underground stands as a nationally recognized model for increasing civic participation and youth-led social change among children and youth. Our approach is based on a bold premise: engaging young people who are most affected by racial, economic and health disparities in social change efforts will not only result in better outcomes for the young people themselves but transform the conditions that increases their exposure to violence, failing educational practices, incarceration and generational poverty. Our youth-led campaigns have resulted in improved school discipline policies, accountable law enforcement practices, and increased youth input in local government.
Summary: Based in Providence, R.I., What Kids Can Do (WKCD) is a national nonprofit founded in January 2001 by an educator and journalist with more than 40 years' combined experience supporting adolescent learning in and out of school. Together, they felt an urgent need to promote perceptions of young people as valued resources, not problems, and to advocate for learning that engages students as knowledge creators and not simply test takers. Just as urgent, they believed, was the need to bring youth voices to policy debates about school, society, and world affairs. Using the Internet, print, and broadcast media, WKCD presses before the broadest audience possible a dual message: the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunities and supports they need and what they can contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously.
Summary: The Young People's Project develops students aged 8-22 from traditionally marginalized populations as learners, teachers, leaders, and organizers through math and media literacy, community-building, and advocacy in order to build a unique network of young people who are better equipped to navigate life's circumstances, are active in their communities, and advocate for education reform in America.