You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Adoption & Permanency Movement

For programs that connect youth in foster care to permanent and adoptive families using the power of credible messengers (adoptive parents and former foster youth), and a fellowship program that covers public speaking, art advocacy, and storytelling. Additional programs provide leadership development for justice-involved youth (14-25) to develop advocacy skills.


For programs to strengthen the capacity of workforce development institutions and create systems-level change through partnerships with employers and local government, with a goal of improving economic mobility and opportunities for young adults.

Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet

For dance and cross-disciplinary arts education, performance, and cultural programming led by teaching artists serving under-resourced and Title-1 schools, a professional youth dance company, and scholarships and employment programs that train students of color in dance, theater, music, arts administration, performance, and production.

YVote/Next Gen Politics

For youth-led civic engagement programming including organizing and creating policy proposals around economic mobility, food justice, housing security, civic opportunities, and mental health; peer-led workshops for schools and community groups; regular teen summits and cohort-based institutes; and training to become peer facilitators.

First Tech Fund, Inc

For programs to close the digital divide for low-income high schoolers by providing access to technology, career and college guidance, and engaging youth as part of an advisory board. Students receive free laptops and internet access, targeted advising and networking, and mentorship from industry-specific professionals.