Teen Accelerate

Teen Accelerate: Citizens Making Change

This year, in conjunction with Cleveland Leadership Center’s Accelerate competition, we have created an opportunity for youth in grades 9th-12th to participate in, Teen Accelerate: Student Citizens Make Change. If you know of any high school students interested in making a difference in their community, invite them to apply! Individual and team entries will be accepted. All applications must be submitted by January 19, 2023. 

10 Finalists will be selected and announced via email on January 23, 2023. If you are selected as a finalist you will be connected with a coach to help you in preparing for the Accelerate event on February 23, 2023. 

Application Questions:

  • A description of the initiative.
  • The community issue it addresses.
  • How it will benefit the community.
  • Why you are passionate about the issue.
  • How you will know if the initiative is successful.
  • How might you use the prize money to achieve your goals?

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  • The top winner will earn $1,000 plus a mentor from a partner organization to help them launch or expand their idea.
  • The Runner-up earns $500
  • All finalists who pitch on Feb. 23 will win $250

**Finalists must pitch at Accelerate on February 23rd to receive their reward**

The Teen Accelerate Winner will be announced on February 23, 2023, during the Accelerate Final Program.

If you have any questions regarding the Teen Accelerate competition, please email us at yei@us.edu

Teen Accelerate is being sponsored by Burton D. Morgan Foundation