Focused on building the civic leadership of underserved and undervalued teens (70% of members are BIPOC teens and 95% are from marginalized backgrounds), YAP’s Activation Hub is an online community created and led by teens to help their peers build the skills and relationships they need to lead effective organizing campaigns. Members work with YAP to register, create, or join an existing campaign. They access online training in recruiting, public speaking, lobbying, generating publicity, applying for funding, and building a community of teens around the country and adults who will have their backs no matter what. The goal is to eliminate barriers to teen civic engagement, drive policy change, and spark lasting movements led by those traditionally excluded from power. YAP is building a world where young people’s voices, influence, and power are at the center of driving systemic change.

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Budget (FY2023)

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