Youth & Engagement Programs

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Empowering generations of thoughtful, socially-conscious, and diverse young people engaged in solving critical issues of the day.

Youth and Engagement Programs is the newest division of the Aspen Institute dedicated to empowering young people ages 14-24 from diverse backgrounds to tackle the most critical issues of the day. Through innovative programming and partnerships nationwide, the Division provides young people with the training and tools they need to succeed in the modern economy and lead the change that they want to see in their communities. The work fuels the powerful transfer of social capital and significantly broadens the reach of the Institute beyond the constituencies it has traditionally served. Youth and Engagement Programs is data-driven and guided by a model that integrates cutting edge academic theory, evidence-based research, and distinct pedagogies.