Youth Ambassadors, established in 2010, is an educational, not-for-profit work program designed to empower underserved youth with the knowledge that they as teenagers have a vital voice. They have the power to be active participants in their communities, not just passive observers. To this end, Youth Ambassadors has developed programs that provide our youth with important life skills, soft job skills, creative expression, and academic success, helping them become future community leaders willing and able to work for positive change. 

Case study

Kids' songs that taught lessons no child should ever have to learn

Challenge

In America, children in underprivileged urban areas face poverty, murder and drugs as part of everyday life. The issues are clear -- but most people ignore them. Youth Ambassadors who grow up in violent neighborhoods write, draw and paint as part of the healing process. Each song was adapted from these creative works, creating a circle of healing that starts and ends with the kids.

Idea

To get potential donors' attention, we tapped into their childhood by creating a friendly puppet show. But the show's educational songs teach the horrific life lessons urban core kids have to learn every day. Each song is inspired by a real lesson taught to us by a real Youth Ambassador. 

Result

Watch the powerful videos here:

Case study

Bedtime stories designed to wake people up.

Youth Ambassadors is an educational program that helps underprivileged inner-city youth overcome poverty, murder, and drug abuse surrounding their everyday lives. The issues are clear, but many Americans live privileged lives and can't imagine the horrors inner-city youth go through daily. Our goal was to generate support for the Youth Ambassadors organization by getting America to relate to the problem.

Challenge

In America, children in underprivileged, urban areas face poverty, murder and drugs as part of everyday life. The issues are clear - but most people ignore them because they can't relate.

Idea

To help Americans empathize, we had inner-city children write bedtime stories from their lives and created a children's book not suitable for children. We distributed the book to key policymakers, funders and the media asking them to donate their time, money and power to help put an end to stories like these.

Result

Awards & Recognition

Cannes Lions