Vol. 1 / No. 2 / Spring 2001  

Foundations Working for Youth Participation in Politics

Surdna Foundation.

Its program, Effective Citizenry, supports organizations that help young people take direct action to improve their schools, institutions, communities and the larger society. The foundation also supports efforts to strengthen the capacity of these organizations to facilitate this process. Surdna helped organize the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing.

Pew Charitable Trusts.

One of the missions of its Public Policy Program is to increase young Americans' visibility and participation in the democratic process. As part of a new six-year initiative, the foundation is establishing a national research center for the study of youth and democracy, working to build a network of youth-oriented organizations, and developing a process for constructing a national youth agenda.”

H.M. Jackson Foundation.

It’s Public Service Program supports efforts in the Northwest to give young people the training and experiences that nurture interest in the processes of government and instill in students a sense of appreciation for the values of public service.

Ford Foundation.

Several of its programs support youth development, civic participation and education. The Governance and Civil Society program, for example, has supported efforts to help education leaders fulfill the academic and civic mission of public schools..

W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Two programs, Youth and Education and Philanthropy and Volunteerism, make grants for civic engagement and service learning. The foundation recently launched a four-year initiative to promote service learning across the country

James Irvine Foundation.

Its Children, Youth and Families program supports networks of community-based organizations, cultural, civic and other institutions that work with schools to make out-of-school academic opportunities as much a part of a community's aspirations for its children's growth as in-school learning. A Youth Institute also offers high school students resources and training to become engaged in their communities through service and other leadership opportunities.

Jewish Fund for Justice.

Its Investing in Youth program has supported efforts that help young people organize and advocate their interests on issues that affect them.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Its Youth Advisory Board, with 20 teenage members, funds grants in Kansas City to create leadership and civic involvement opportunities for youth—including involving schoolchildren in defining community problems and working with mentors toward solutions.

Open Society Institute.

Its Youth Initiatives Program is the umbrella program for several youth programs. One, Youth Media and Communications, encourages young people to become more socially conscious by having them create media materials.

The Points of Light Foundation.

With continued support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Points of Light has several initiatives that involve volunteering in low-income communities by both residents and nonresidents.

Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Its Strengthening U.S. Democracy program has supported a variety of initiatives including efforts to mobilize the youth vote last year, conduct youth-focused research and support programs that encourage political participation by young people.

Vol. 1 / No. 2 / Spring 2001