The Power of Youth Challenge: Youth Leading Racial Healing is a leadership and service opportunity supporting youth-designed projects that promote racial equity and address systemic racism. The Challenge provides young people (ages 13-19) across the U.S. with the opportunity to identify a need in their communities related to racial healing and apply for a $250 grant to support a (COVID-safe) service project. In addition to building their own leadership, service, and career skills, grant winners will have the opportunity to increase understanding, communication, caring, and respect within their communities through service projects that address racial division and injustice.
The Challenge, made possible with generous support from The Allstate Foundation, launched on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the National Day of Racial Healing. Funded projects may encompass a range of activities—from establishing a school anti-racism committee to bolstering the availability of books and resources by racially and ethnically diverse authors in a local library.