Allow Good

Allow Good

922 Davis St. Evanston, IL60201 United States

Please share your mission. 

Allow Good empowers youth through the tools of philanthropy to take meaningful action in their world. We envision a world with engaged youth, inclusive participation, and vibrant communities.

Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission. 

The goals our school based program are to equip youth with the knowledge, skills, and capacity to take meaningful action in their communities and to inspire youth to become actively engaged in addressing social challenges throughout their lives. This addresses a pressing need facing our society – engaging our youth in their communities for the long-term benefit of having a society of socially engaged citizens. Through our programs, youth begin the process of engaging in their communities by first learning about and networking with a variety of community organizations and leaders. We know that when youth are equipped with, engaged in, and taking opportunities to build their own community networks and relationships (part of their “social capital”), they grow as individuals and improve their life trajectories. This social capital is key for their futures. It allows them to build interpersonal relationships, develop the networks and skills necessary to finding and keeping jobs, problem solve and improve communication skills, and they become better able to access government and public resources. We directly engage youth in their communities by shifting power to youth to become part of the solution to community challenges. They then broaden the representation of community members by working with their community assets to address community needs and disparities. Our youth go on to build the capacity of the communities in which they reside.