The Illuminated Cities Project (ICP) seeks to work in partnership with young people, especially those in communities affected by segregation. Our program utilizes travel as a catalyst for youth and community development. We use creative arts programming and provide fellows with our social psychology and urban design curriculum as they investigate community issues with the help of a mentor and organization of their choice.
Illuminated Cities Project sees a world where interdependence and exchange of ideas serve to make the world a socially just place. By getting young social innovators to interact with more experienced change-agents during their travels, a collective process can take place where the youth are able to address social challenges on a local level with inspiration and best practices from local, national, and global models.
The Illuminated Cities Project seeks to work in partnership with young people, especially those in communities affected by segregation, and provide them with tools for self-development, leadership, and community-development through travel and an analysis of heroism and legacy. Fellows in the program build life skills, develop an Action Plan for their home-community, and are partnered with a mentor and a local organization to help them implement their Action Plan on the ground level. The fellows will be change agents for their home-communities, creating a cycle of revitalization and community development.
In the United States, we aim to work collaboratively with youth in cities affected by segregation, especially Chicago and New York City. We aim to bridge gaps and inspire action by evoking dialogue among youth in global contexts.
Our Fiscal Sponsor
We are proud to be a fiscally sponsored organization through the New York Foundation for the Arts. You can find our project and donation page here.