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Youth Civic Engagement

What is "Youth Civic Engagement"

​​These are the programs that allow youth the opportunities to develop new
competencies while fostering civic participation in work that will improve
​community life

Youth Development  Civic Activism  Problem Solving  =  Youth Civic Engagement

Some of our Civic Engagement and Service- Learning programs include 
  • ​Uth ACT
  • KICK
View a complete list of our Civic Engagement & Service-Learning Partners here.
Uth ACT: Uth ACT (Youth Achieving Change Together) is a hands-on leadership program for high school aged youth in Hampton and Newport News. Uth ACT members create REAL CHANGE by acting on important community concerns such as the academic achievement gap, improving after school programs for all children, or eliminating dating violence. Uth ACT projects have included:
  • Hosting a drop out prevention conference on the Peninsula
  • Speaking at state and national conferences on a variety of social issues.
  • Teaching children about diversity using puppets 
    ​Conducting a literacy mentoring program for over 300 children, grades K-3.​
  • Visiting elected officials in Washington DC and advocating for quality after school programs.

​​​​KICK (Kids Involved in Community Kindness):
KICK (Kids Involved in Community Kindness) is a highly interactive, out of school time, service-learning program designed to connect children and youth in early childhood through middle grades to their communities in a fun and engaging way. Through the KICK Program, children learn how to identify a community need, determine the causes of the problem, and create and implement a project to address it. Through KICK children develop improved self-worth and an increase in their sense of personal and civic responsibility.
RELATE: RELATE is a peer-to-peer curriculum that helps to prevent sexual violence among teens through the promotion of healthy relationships. RELATE increases awareness for both males and females of what constitutes sexual harassments, produces positive changes in knowledge of sexual violence myths and warning signs of abuse, and increases awareness of the indicators of sexual harassment.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​Community-Wide Service Events: Each year on designated national service holidays (9/11 Day of Remembrance, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day), Alternatives' staff and the young people they serve host three or more large scale service projects to address local needs in the community. Over the years, projects have included food drives, elder visits, books drives, and the planting of a youth-led community garden. Projects are open to any young person on the Peninsula who would like to 'Take a Day to Make a Difference.
​​​​​​​​​​​​Presidential Volunteer Service Award:
 Young people who participate in volunteer service or leadership roles through Alternatives are eligible to win the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  Hours accumulated through meetings, training, and actual service projects are tracked by Alternatives, and add up quickly for youth aiming towards this highly sought after award!
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To get information or join one of the above programs please fill out this form.

Ally Graul, the Civic Engagement Director, will get back with you as soon as possible!

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