The Allstate Foundation is committed to empowering youth to serve and improve communities by equipping them with opportunities and resources to serve.  As a part of that commitment, the Foundation has partnered with Campus Compact to launch The Allstate Foundation Youth Action Board, funded by The Allstate Foundation and hosted by Campus Compact.

This board will empower 30 youth changemakers (aged 18-22) to serve communities nationally and mobilize their peers to serve.  The 30-member board will be responsible for helping The Allstate Foundation advance its strategy for empowering youth to serve and improve communities across the country.  The board will achieve this mission by developing and participating in youth-led service initiatives, planning and launching national youth engagement efforts (including summits and days of service), advising The Allstate Foundation and its partners on pressing youth issues, and more.

Program Benefits

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Leadership development on a national stage

Youth Action Board members will have the unique opportunity to influence programming and initiatives on a national scale. Board members will also have opportunities for learning and mentorship from national field leaders.

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Connection with emerging national leaders

Youth Action Board members will join a network of current members and Board alumni, creating professional connections to some of the most impressive youth changemakers nationwide.

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Scholarships & travel funding

Following successful Board service, members will receive stipends for post-secondary education or professional development ($4,000 per year). Board members will also have regular opportunities for fully-funded travel to meetings and conferences as part of their roles.

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Opportunities to empower the next generation to serve

Youth Action Board members will mobilize their peers and empower youth across the country to serve and improve communities by designing and leading service initiatives.

Program Design

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Board Composition

The Youth Action Board will comprise thirty members serving two-year, staggered terms. The board will be comprised of fifteen Associate Board Members and fifteen Senior Board Members. Each year, fifteen new Associate Board members will be chosen to work alongside the fifteen returning Senior Board Members to make up the full board. 

The Youth Action Board is designed so that Associate Board Members will gain the knowledge and experience necessary to be considered for Senior Board Member status during their second year of service. Second year board membership will be dependent on successful completion of the Associate Board Member's first year.  This provides continuity on the Board and the opportunity for peer mentorship between Senior and Associate Board Members.

Board Activities

During their service on the Youth Action Board, Members will:

  • Develop and participate in initiatives that promote and expand access to youth service (including national summits and days of youth-led, youth-driven service)
  • Equip other youth with the knowledge and resources to lead their own service by contributing to content and other thought leadership
  • Advise The Allstate Foundation and serve as ambassadors for the Foundation’s Youth Empowerment work 
  • Attend and participate in other youth-focused initiatives or related duties as assigned

Additionally, Youth Action Board members will meet in-person up to four times per year, and the average monthly time commitment will be approximately 20 hours per month.

Benefits of Participation

As a benefit of their Board service, Members will:

  • Receive $4,000 stipends upon completion of each year of Board service (totaling up to $8,000 across two years). The stipends may be used for post-secondary education at a four-year, two-year, or vocational training program or for approved professional development purposes. Stipends must be used within one year of completing board experience (or within one year of completing high school)
  • All travel, lodging, and meal expenses of Youth Action Board members are covered for all in-person board meetings initiated by Campus Compact and The Allstate Foundation relative to Youth Action Board activities. The Youth Action Board Program Manager, a member of the Campus Compact staff, will coordinate these travel experiences and expenses 
  • Be connected to national field leaders through Campus Compact and The Allstate Foundation for mentorship and coaching
  • Be included in a network of Board Members and alumni

      Note: Board Members will not be compensated for their time beyond the stipend at the end of their Board experience. There is no personal financial cost associated with serving on The Allstate Foundation Youth Action Board.

    How to Apply

    First-year Board Members are selected through a competitive application process. The application will open once annually. Second-year board members will be eligible to renew their service after the successful completion of their first year.

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    • Applicants must be between the ages of 18-22 by the start of the full service term as a Youth Action Board member
    • Applicants must be willing to commit to spending approximately 20 hours per month on Youth Action Board service
    • Applicants must commit to attending all Youth Action Board in-person meetings during each term (this can be up to 4 per year) and staying active and connected through electronic communications between meetings. Exact meeting dates and locations will be announced at a later date

    The first face-to-face board meeting is especially mandatory for board members because the first board meeting is critical to understanding the mission, helping develop processes, and getting to know fellow board members before working online to develop the grant proposals. The grant review meetings are where the board makes all its decisions on funding grants.

    • Application Launches: Monday, April 22, 2024
    • Application Closes: Friday, May 31, 2024
    • Applications Reviewed By Committee: June 2024
    • Finalist Interview Stage (if needed): June/July 2024
      • Interviews will be conducted over Zoom
    • Board Member Selection By Committee: July 2024
    • All Applicants Notified: Mid-July 2024
    • YAB Orientation and First Meeting: Thursday, August 1, 2024 (Virtual)
    • YAB Second Meeting: Wednesday, September 25 - Thursday, September 26, 2024 (In-person, Chicago, IL)
    • National Youth Summit: Thursday, September 26 - Sunday, September 29, 2024 (Chicago, IL)
    • YAB Third Meeting: Thursday, December 5, 2024 (Virtual)
    • YAB Fourth Meeting: SXSW EDU Monday, March 3 -  Wednesday March 5, 2025 (In-person, Austin, TX)
    • YAB Fifth/Final Meeting: Thursday, June 12, 2024 (Virtual)


    Application Requirements

    A completed application must have the following components:

    • Online application, including demographic information with five short essay questions:
      1. Why do you want to join The Allstate Foundation Youth Action Board?
      2. Youth Action Board Members will work cohesively on a team. Please describe the role you play best in a team setting and give an example of how that role benefited a successful team project of which you were a part.
      3. What four adjectives or characteristics do you believe best describe yourself and why?
      4. What do you believe are the 1-2 most pressing issues in your local community, your country, or the world?  What experiences have you been a part of that demonstrate your leadership in, and commitment to, addressing those issues? (if you have not been engaged in service and other leadership activities, why not, and what have been the barriers or turn-offs?)
      5. This Youth Action Board commitment will require quarterly meetings, independent work in between sessions, check-in meetings with Campus Compact staff and partners, and some in-person travel. Please describe your capacity for such a commitment in the next two years and how you balance your time commitments. 
    • Signed statement of Personal Commitment Form
    • 3 references
      • One mentor, coach, school administrator, teacher, or supervisor
      • One peer
      • One reference of your choice

    Applications open now

    We're currently seeking our inaugural cohort of The Allstate Foundation Youth Action Board Members. Applications are due May 31, 2024.

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