Youth Engagement and Leadership Project (YELP)

Our schools are critical points of entry for combating hate, bigotry and discrimination, closing the achievement gap, promoting inclusiveness, and building cultures of dignity. CUAH YELP will identify and provide financial, mentoring, and community support for students who are developing social justice projects designed to address these challenges.

YELP provided a $2,000 grant to MoCo Students for Gun Control for transporting students by bus to the rally at the White House and US Capitol building during the March 14th Walkout. YELP is also providing this group with mentorship from veteran organizers and trainings on gun control policy and grassroots organizing methods. We need high/middle school students and adults to help us expand YELP to support this group and other student-led initiatives. 


Join us for our kick-off event

Sunday, June 10, 6:00 to 8:00pm (doors open at 5:30)
Richard Montgomery High School Cafeteria

What will CUAH-YELP do?

  • Provide students with grants up to $2000 to kickstart their projects or expand existing ones;
  • Partner with student and community groups to identify social issues and ideas for projects;
  • Assign adults and experienced student organizers to serve as mentors/trainers to grant recipients;
  • Organize an annual social change conference that showcases student-led projects, offers training for organizers, and features inspiring speakers.


Sponsors and Founders

Leaders from the Montgomery County School Board, Montgomery County Council of PTAs, Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association, the Montgomery County Education Association, MCPS Minority Scholars Program, MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit, MCPS AA SAAG, MCPS APA SAAG, MCPS Latino SAAG, Association of Vietnamese Americans, CASA, Faith Community Working Group, Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Jewish Community Relations Council, Metro DC PFLAG, Muslim Youth Interfaith Outreach Program, NAACP, OCA-DC, Our Voices Matter, Rainbow Youth Alliance, Sikh Kid2Kid, Congregation Beth El, Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and many others.