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 for The Love of Learning Youth Summit!

What is the Youth Planning Board?

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

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 Love of Learning Youth Summit, a youth-led learning experience and ecosystem of co-creation. The Youth Summit is scheduled for August 2-6, 2024. 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 $15/hour and meet three to four times a month. Board meetings are currently Zoom based (virtual).

To read a summary of the Youth Planning Board Member role, click here. To apply to the Board, click the application button below.

Youth Planning Board Application

Who should join the Youth Planning Board? 

An ideal Board Member is someone who cares about their community and wants to co-create positive change. They can be any type of change-maker: an artist, a writer, an activist, an organizer, an inquirer, or a seeker — anyone that observes the world around them, reflects, and asks why. If you imagine yourself creating new ways of being and relating with others and positively impacting your community, this learning opportunity is for you.

By joining the Board, you will gain skills in facilitation, collaboration, leadership, workshop design, program planning, and outreach. These skills can be applied to other extracurricular activities, school projects, or your own personal practices.

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 answers in the most authentic way. Your answers do not need to be written.


  • Location: Must be a resident of New Mexico
  • Age: 14-20
  • Availability: Attend 3-4 meetings a month on Zoom or in person.
  • Permission: If under the age of 18, you must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate.
  • Work permit: If under the age of 16, you must get a work permit from your school in order to be a paid Board Member.

Youth Planning Board Application

What is The Love of Learning Youth Summit?

August 2-6, 2024 | The Summit will be an in-person event.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for! The Love of Learning Youth Summit is a five-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

Together, we will share our stories, learn from each other, and practice reflecting on what we care about. Each learner will emerge from our shared experience with a personal keepsake, something they created, or an action, an activity to share with their community.

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

If you would like to sign up for The Love of Learning Youth Summit and not apply to the Youth Planning Board, click the Youth Summit Sign Up button below.

Youth Summit Sign Up

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