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Changemakers Project

by Kristen Hogan | Jan 13, 2022

Thanks to support from Amazon, the Y is offering high school students (grades 9-12) in selected cities around the country the opportunity to propose a project that addresses a critical issue/need in their communities.

The issue/need you select is entirely up to you but should be directly connected to your local community - it can have national/global importance but must have a specific local context.

Your project must be led by two (2) student Project Leaders. Additional students from your community are encouraged to join the project (no limit on participants!), but only the two project leaders will register, submit the proposal, and represent the project if selected by your local YMCA.

All participating Ys will select one (1) project to represent their local community during the final 3 days of the YMCA Youth Governors Conference in Washington, D.C. from June 15-17, 2022.

During the conference, the two student leaders from the project selected by your local Y will present their proposal to our YMCA Youth Governors, who will then choose 3 projects to receive $5,000 in funding.

To submit your project for consideration by your local Y, all project leaders must complete two steps at

Step 1: Project Leader Registration

Each of your 2 (two) Project Leaders must submit this registration form individually. Your project will not be considered by your local Y without submission of this registration form by both of your leaders

Step 2: Project Proposal

After completing Step 1 individually, both Project Leaders should then work together to submit their Project Proposal.

Deadline: February 28, 2022, at 11:59pm PT

You must submit your registration and proposal by no later than Monday, February 28, 2022, to have your project considered by your YMCA.

Each local Y will have until Thursday, March 31, 2022, to select the project leaders that will represent their Y in DC, confirm their travel arrangements, and complete conference registration provided by Y-USA.

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