Why and how we work

Young people who falter do so not because of innate flaws, but rather because they lack resources, knowledge, support and agency.


We combine innovative  programs with system-level  initiatives to build youth leaders in the fight against poverty.


Volunteer with RAP, join our team of social justice advocates, or bring our programs to your campus or community.


By combining resources, strengths and talents, we are better able to strengthen children and youth.


We are fighting poverty, one youth leader at a time.


rap blog

  • "The Resilience Advocacy Project has made an enormous impact in my life. My work with RAP has made me a stronger, more compassionate person. It has taught me that I can exceed my own expectations and develop my own ideologies. They made me feel that my voice is important, and that no matter what happens no one can silence it. This knowledge has helped me develop confidence in my work and in who I am as a person.” -- Sarah
  • The feeling that arose within my heart from working with the city’s first-ever Youth-Led Mayoral Debate was indescribable... I felt involved and able to form my own opinions because I knew the candidates, their policies, their views, and their agenda for the city. You could say that I felt like an adult ready to vote. But In reality it's even better because I'm an informed teen.” -- Kahalia
  • "I just wanted to thank you so much for all your support you have shown me. I couldn't have gotten this far without you guys, especially about education. I also got to learn a lot through working with you guys… I read this book called The One World Schoolhouse: Education Re-imagined. It made me decide to put education reform as my top priority for my studies. You guys are rockstars!!!!" -- Victor