YouthBridge-NY Fellowship: By the Numbers


amount of funding distributed each year, through the Bridging the Gap grant, to support NYC-based nonprofit organizations whose work fosters diversity and a better quality of life for all New Yorkers


# of youth leaders trained in leadership and diversity skills since the inception of the YouthBridge-NY Fellowship in 2004


# of NYC high school students who participate in the Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit each year


percentage of YouthBridge-NY leaders who attend college upon graduating from high school


# of languages spoken by YouthBridge-NY fellows (2016-2017 year)


# of distinct self-reported ethnic backgrounds of YouthBridge-NY fellows (2016-2017 year)

A recent independent evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of YouthBridge-NY, conducted by the New School, noted the high level of impact the program has on participants regarding their appreciation and understanding of diversity, and the benefits it has on New York City as a whole. Participants reported that, as a result of having participated in the program, they:

  • Work better in groups of people with different backgrounds and are more likely to build relationships with diverse groups of people

  • Are more aware of commonly held stereotypes/prejudices about cultures different from their own
  • Are more likely to take time to learn about the audience they are communicating to and craft their message appropriately

  • Know how to network to accomplish their personal or professional goals and are more likely to network with adults or professionals

YouthBridge-NY alumni have the passion and skills to become leaders in diversity on their college campuses and beyond. Read what our alumni have to say about us.

YouthBridge-NY also impacts around 150 teens each year through our annual Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit, where high school students from all around the city come together to learn community organizing tools and become agents for change in their communities. The Leaders-to-Leaders Youth Summit plays an essential role in incubating new diversity programs in high schools and community based organizations across the city.


According to the New School's recent independent evaluation of YouthBridge-NY programming;

  • 97% of participants strongly agree or agree that the Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit made them more aware of how community organizing can help them solve issues in their school and/or community


  • 93% of participants strongly agree or agree that they were more aware of diversity and social justice issues in NYC as result of attending the Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit.


  • 91% of participants strongly agree or agree that they plan to get others motivated to work with them to bring a diversity/social justice project to their school as result of attending the Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit.