What is a YLP?
YLPs are the main program service offered by our organization. We partner with schools and after-school organizations in the Greater Boston Area to provide a customized social impact experience for elementary and middle school-aged students. We choose to work with this age group because we believe they are capable of catalyzing real change–both in their own lives, and within the lives of others. Our innovative model for programming gives students a $1,000 opportunity to positively impact their own community, while being introduced to topics such as finance, marketing, and public speaking.
When children are given complete agency over a project that directly benefits those around them, their confidence and ability to empathize with others skyrockets. If we want to see changes in drop-out rates, decreases in incidents of bullying, and higher overall attendance, then the first thing we must do–as parents, educators, and community leaders–is listen. We must include our students in conversations where we decide what the future looks, feels, and sounds like. Our YLPs do just that.
Students in grades 2–9
We recommend groups of approx. 15–25 students.
Our YLP includes 20 hours of curriculum content taught over the course of one semester. We work with our partners to determine the length of each session and number of sessions per week based on the unique needs of their students.
Geographic Area Served
Greater Boston Area (for now)
Past programs have been run during time allocated for enrichment, civic engagement, social justice, an activism unit within the ELA curriculum, and/or student leadership circles.
Our students are changing the world.
Students spend the majority of our program designing Action Plans describing how they would like to use $1,000 to make a difference locally. Two thirds of the way through programming, students pitch their ideas to the class. The group votes to select the winning idea and the entire class comes together to see that idea through into fruition. Our students and the community they live in are better off as a result.
*Hover over the three projects above to read more about them. See ALL of our past projects here.
Programming with Purpose
We care about each child. A lot. We partner with Harvard's PEAR Institute to administer their Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) to each of our students prior to programming. The HSA results give us an individualized portrait of each child we work with, allowing us to customize our curriculum based on their needs. We dedicate specific time within program sessions to 1:1 meetings between instructors and students. This adds a mentorship component to our work that is built on trust and open communication. Our hope is to stay connected with every student we work with long after our program is over. We nominate a certain number of students each year to speak at TEDxBeaconStreet.