Projects, Pilots & Initiatives

Rethink Youth Conference

I’ll Tell You When You’re Older

The Youthled Impact Team’s podcast gives youth a platform to focus on social issues identified as being essential to youth. The first season of I’ll Tell You When You’re Older focuses on standing in solidarity with Kansas City’s Historic Northeast youth community.

I'll Tell You When You're Older
Rethink Youth Conference

Rethink Youth Conference

The Rethink Youth Conference brought together students 15 years and older to engage in a 1+ day convening to explore and shape the future of education from a learner’s lens.

ReThink Youth Conference
Working for Youth

Hire KC

Hire KC is historically the largest provider of paid internships in the Kansas City region. In partnership with YouthLed KC, Hire KC helps high school and college students find and get paid internships that will set them up for success, and a great future.

ReThink Youth Conference
Working for Youth

Youth Opportunity Relief Program

The mission of the Youth Opportunity Relief Program was to extend virtual learning through online experiences that build up Real World Learning. The program resulted in a series of focus group discussions and client-connected projects that responded to employer needs during the pandemic.

Working for Youth

Working For Youth

Working for Youth seeks to change the trajectory of at-risk youth by expanding employment opportunities. Our vision for Working for Youth is that all area youth have a chance at career exploration, job training and internships.

Earned Media: Initiative to employ at-risk KC youth provides jobs for 427 teens, raises $600K for stipend fund

Earned Media: New program helps at-risk KC youth find jobs and future careers

I'll Tell You When You're Older
ReEvaluate ReConsider ReImagine

The Project Commons

We partnered with DeBruce Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, Hollis & Miller and LaunchCrate to produce a pilot program this summer called The Project Commons. This real-world learning hub was designed to support student internship-readiness and to be an accelerator for essential skill development in places where opportunity and real-world learning are scarce or underserved. By rethinking the creation of learning spaces, The Project Commons established a democratic, interest-driven learning environment where students were able to freely choose how they worked within their projects. By fostering an atmosphere of validation and choice, TPC staff hoped to center student voice as the driving force of innovation and create a place where young people felt safe learning and expressing their ideas.

Earned Media: Peek inside: Project Commons teen accelerator pilot aims for ‘innovation, collaboration, impact’

ReEvaluate ReConsider ReImagine

ReEvaluate ReConsider ReImagine

A conversation driven by youth voices on education, policy, and civic engagement.

This exciting event was a completely student led and inspired gathering of young leaders and adult partners. Over two evenings, we dove into two important topics: youth inclusion and participation, and youth voice and policy. This virtual event provided an opportunity for interaction and engagement with youth leaders who are reimagining education. Too often, we have conversations about the future without the future in the room. We’ll tackled this change head-on. Paramount to the event was a live panel discussion led by local high school students. This important conversation sparked ideas and illuminated the power of youth voice.

Hear from our Youth

Some of the students who have participated in YouthLed KC’s initiatives shared what it meant to them and how it felt to be seen and heard.

Want to elevate  youth voice and increase student involvement in your organization?