Teen Accelerate

Teen Accelerate: Citizens Making Change

We are excited to once again partner with Cleveland Leadership Center for the 2024 Accelerate competition. Students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to participate in Teen Accelerate: Student Citizens Make Change.

Applications are now closed. Ten finalist teams will be selected and announced via email. If you are selected as a finalist you will be connected with a coach to help you prepare for the Accelerate event on the evening of February 22, 2024.


  • The top winning team will earn $1,000 plus a mentor from a partner organization to help them launch or expand their idea.
  • The runner-up team earns $500
  • All finalist teams who pitch on Feb. 22 will win $250

**Finalists must pitch at Accelerate on the evening of February 22 to receive their reward**

The Teen Accelerate Winner will be announced on February 22, 2024, during the Accelerate Final Program.

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