Catalyzing our voices to co-create change!

Do you have ideas about how to make your community a better place? Do you imagine co-creating change with your friends? Join the Academy for the Love of Learning’s Youth Planning Board!

What is the Youth Planning Board?

The Academy for the Love of Learning invites young people to join our Youth Planning Board!

We are a learning organization that seeks to reimagine how and where transformational learning happens – learning that emerges from doing what you love, finding a sense of purpose, and sharing your purpose with your community and the world. We are convening a Youth Planning Board so that we can better serve young people as an organization. We are interested in deepening our understanding of how young people find a sense of purpose and voice by exploring their interests, reflecting with peers, and co-creating the change they wish to experience in the world.

The Youth Planning Board will help the Academy imagine, create, design, and plan the DC Youth Voices Summit, a three-day, youth-led learning experience and ecosystem of co-creation. To plan the Youth Summit, Board members will practice facilitation, workshop design, program planning, and outreach. Our monthly meetings will also serve as a space for Board members to explore how they want to share their voices, stories, and creativity.

Board members will be paid $16.10/hour and meet one to three times a month. To read a summary of a Youth Planning Board Member role, click here.

Youth Planning Board Application

Apply to the Youth Planning Board

Does the Youth Planning Board seem like a fun, enriching, and interesting experience? Join the Board by filling out a short application!

The application asks you to reflect on five questions, and you can share your reflections in any way: a painting, a poem, a recipe, a song, or a video — any medium that helps you express your answer in the most authentic way. Your answers do not need to be written.


  • Location: Must be a resident of the District of Columbia
  • Age: 14-25
  • Permission: If under the age of 18, you must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate.

Youth Planning Board Application

What is the DC Youth Voices Summit?

Tentative dates are October 6-8, 2024. The Summit will be an in-person event.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for! DC Youth Voices is a three-day, youth-led learning experience and ecosystem of co-creation, supporting young people in ushering in the new era of collective leadership.

As a group of learners, inquirers, imaginers, creators, and change-makers, we will reflect on two questions: What is mine to do in the world? And how can I organize actions or creative expressions around this mission, individually and collectively? The Summit’s learning themes will guide how we explore these questions.

  • Who Am I? // Hear + Recognize Your Voice
  • Who Are We? // Express and Share Your Voice
  • What Is It? // Collective Voice and Action in the World

The Summit will begin with us sharing our stories, learning from a storyteller, and practicing reflection and awareness through creative exercises. Then, we will practice being present, experience a round robin of learning workshops, and begin co-creating our own learning workshops. On the final day, we will reflect on what it was like to co-create a workshop with our peers and what we learned about collective leadership. We will then conclude the Summit by planning one collective action – an action that emerges from a unified vision of repairing and changing the world – we want to take in our communities.

Join us to explore collective leadership and reimagine our shared futures!

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