Nothing about us
Without us
Is for us.

Mission
Youth In Action, a place where youth share their stories, practice leadership, and create change in their communities.


Vision
YIA envisions a world where young people are at the forefront of positive social change and believes that with their natural ability to innovate, capacity to lead, and desire for positive change, that world is possible.

OUR MODEL

Youth In Action is a different kind of classroom.

Using 6 different types of learning our programming produces results.

• project based learning
• incremental learning
• adventure learning
• cooperative learning
• service learning

We intervene at multiple levels of development: emotional, social, civic, and workforce. Our focus is on engaging youth to be full participants and leaders in their communities, serving as agents of social change. We use digital media arts, community health, and student centered techniques to engage our youth and build a context for passion and closing the achievement gap.

The first phase of programming and the heart of our work, works with youth to tell their story and deeply listen to others stories. Youth place their multiple identities and communities under the microscope and examine their role and impact in creating a world they want to live. Focused on emotional development and identity in youth leadership.
Second phase of programming, Immersion explores facilitation and peer education. Focused on social development, youth discover what strengths they bring to a group. Youth design and facilitate workshops on student centered learning and community health for their peers and for adults working with youth. These workshops aim to educate and build mutual respect.
The third phase of programming celebrates legacy and stewardship through a member owned model. Youth sit on the Board of Directors, assist in fundraising efforts, and begin to create change at the policy level. During this phase youth make meaningful links between passion and career.
The first phase of programming and the heart of our work, works with youth to tell their story and deeply listen to others stories. Youth place their multiple identities and communities under the microscope and examine their role and impact in creating a world they want to live. Focused on emotional development and identity in youth leadership.
Second phase of programming, Immersion explores facilitation and peer education. Focused on social development, youth discover what strengths they bring to a group. Youth design and facilitate workshops on student centered learning and community health for their peers and for adults working with youth. These workshops aim to educate and build mutual respect.
The third phase of programming celebrates legacy and stewardship through a member owned model. Youth sit on the Board of Directors, assist in fundraising efforts, and begin to create change at the policy level. During this phase youth make meaningful links between passion and career.
 
We engage them in activities such as volunteerism, multimedia self portraits, and vision boards. We cover topics of empathy, race, gender, inequality, family, & self-compassion.
We engage them in activities such as peer education, mentoring, and curriculum design. Our youth explore topics such as humility, cooperation, design thinking, and community.
Youth are engaged in our major projects: Identity/Social Location Room, Humans of Providence, Corridor Communities, and Youth Grow Providence. We unpack topics such as social justice, partnership, campaign work, and telling a community’s story.
We engage them in activities such as sitting on the Board of Directors, grant writing, and leading our mission aligned social venture. Youth attend workshops of business, mission alignment, workforce development, and initiative.