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Youth Action is a youth-led community development not-for-profit organization  dedicated to promoting youth advocacy, youth leadership, and youth empowerpent through education and civic engagement. Solely operated by high school and college students in Philadelphia, Youth Action works to empower young African Americans to become socially, economically, and civically aware. We believe that through organizing innovative youth captivating service events, we can challenge and empower our peers to become agents of social change in their communities.

"Youth Action gives high school and college students the chance to manage a non-profit... so they're not just creating highly impactful projects and events, they're also making decisions about our finances, operations, marketing, program development, and more."

Youth Action Objectives
  • To develop student volunteers, leaders, activists and community organizers through organizing innovative events and programming
  • To increase Philadelphia students awareness of tools, resources, and networks available to create social change in their communities
  • To have youth train their peers on the art of community organizing and non-profit leadership

Interesting Facts

  • 100% of Youth Action members receive training in non-profit management and community organizing
  • 95% of Youth Action Alums continue to serve post their time with the organization
  • Members commit to at least 100 hours of service each Youth Action service year
  • We offer our members an opportunity to use their respective talents and interests to create exciting and impactful projects on issues based on their interests
  • At every Youth Action signature service event we introduce leadership tools, resources, and networks for students to discover how they can better serve Philadelphia
  • For the past two years, we have been able to follow groups of local Philadelphia students that have been inspired to serve post our service events
  • Have organized an Annual Toy Drive which has collected over 25,000 Toys for children at local shelters since 2007
  • We have organized a network of student of color college students to foster intercollegiate service in Philadelphia
  • We have organized a Junior Youth Action program that engaged at least twenty elementary and middle school students to do volunteerism in the community
  • We have given over $10,000 in scholarship money to support students to continue their education


For more information about Youth Action, contact or call 1(888) YOUTH-90 ext. 906