We did it! Thanks to the overwhelming support of our TYLS community, we won the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change (but, wait—there’s more)! Although this news got lost in the noise of our Microsoft campaign, we placed second in the Service to Youth Category of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service!
So what does this all mean? The grants, technology and partnerships we’ve received through these competitions will enable us to expand our events to partner universities, fund and mentor students’ ideas for their communities, and finance our 501(c)(3) application. These competitions marks TYLS’ big leap forward, and we’re excited about what lies ahead.
We started TYLS because being young too often means waiting—waiting for high school, for college, an internship, a career. But high school students have the creative potential to change their communities right now. We make that possible, and now we’re one stride closer.