RAP works to empower youth to become leaders in the fight to end poverty. We work directly with teens to give them the confidence, problem-solving and leadership skills to design and implement real-world solutions to entrenched social problems. At the same time, we conduct research and advocacy initiatives aimed at improving the policies and government systems that shape youth resilience. RAP is developing the social justice leaders of tomorrow. We are building a growing movement of resilient youth equipped and inspired to make sure that poverty in one generation does not predict poverty in the next. Certain values lie at the core of our mission. These principles guide the development of our organization, programs, and system-level change efforts.
Social Justice. A truly socially just society is one in which all individuals, irrespective of background, have equal access to the benefits of that society. All of our programs and policy initiatives aim to ensure that all youth have access to resources they need to maximize their potential and achieve their dreams.
Positive Social Action. True social justice requires positive social action. All of our programs and policy initiatives include an action component. We equip young people to actually respond to the social issues they see around them through deliberate and discrete action. They may not always succeed, but in taking action, they witness their own power.
Youth Agency and Voice. We are committed to nurturing genuine youth leadership. In practice, this means that we engage young people as partners in the development and implementation of our programs and policy initiatives.
Youth Potential. We believe that all young people have the potential to make a healthy transition into adulthood. In practice, this means that we work to identify and nurture the individual strengths and capacities of every young person that we work with.
Innovation and Collaboration. We believe that entrenched social problems like poverty can be solved when creative minds work together. In practice, this means that we pilot new youth leadership and advocacy strategies, test new methods for giving shape to proven research, and collaborate with new partners.