From Awareness to Action

Food is a basic human need, but too many go without.
We're calling on teens to tackle the real world problem of food insecurity in our city.
We believe that young people can play an important role in creating lasting solutions to pressing social issues. We don't just identify problems. We ask why the problem exists in the first place, and find creative and new ways to fix them.
If this describes you, join us for a week-long summer program for high school teens empowered to become change-agents and difference-makers.
At the end of the week, teams will pitch their solutions to area non-profit and business leaders. The winning team will earn up to $5,000 to bring their solution to life.
Applications are now closed. Please see photos of the 2021 program!
Participants will receive:
  • FREE registration
  • All Supplies — including a new iPad!
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • Transportation if needed.
  • One winning team will receive up to $5,000 to fund their idea!

2020-21 Application Process

Applications due by May 10
Phone calls or Zoom meetings May 17-21
Acceptance notification no later than May 23

Program runs from June 14-18, 2021
City of Promise 10th Street Warehouse Campus (Coca Cola Building)
Charlottesville, Va.
About the Program
We have selected a stellar group of rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders in the Charlottesville area from multiple schools who are committed to participating in the full week-long experience and developing action steps from the course.
Facilitated by two experienced educators in social entrepreneurship from St. Anne's-Belfield School, Head of School Dr. Autumn Graves and Associate Head of School for Advancement Warren Buford, the course is in partnership with City of Promise and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia.
Adherence will be made to CDC guidelines and mitigation strategies. Opportunities for outdoor learning will be present. Transportation may be available upon request.
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