Youth Connect: Journey 2 Unity Tour

This summer, Renaissance Youth Council and the NYC Parks Department will gather thousands of teens, elected officials, NYPD and its Community Partners, SCAN NY and youth organizations from around the city for the Youth Connect: Journey 2 Unity Tour..

The Tour will swing through NYC parks in each borough to inspire youth to #getconnected to positive activities, engaged peers, and community leaders. These celebrations will feature music, dance, and dynamic speakers, and will connect attendees to programs and civic engagement opportunities in their neighborhoods."

Youth Connect: Journey 2 Unity Contest

  • Deadline: July 15, 2018, 9pm EST
  • Submit entries to: - IMPORTANT: Please read ALL rules below before submitting entries.
  • Too many teens are disconnected, isolated, and lacking positive outlets to discover their passions and meet engaged peers. The Youth Connect: Journey 2 Unity Tour is here to fix that, but we need your help. We are holding events in all five boroughs and need pieces (1 visual, 1 written) that speak to this issue.
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  • You can capture where we are today, and show the problems facing teens lacking a positive path forward (a wake up call, a call to action). Or your piece could show a positive vision: how amazing it is for teens to be involved in their community and thriving through positive activities that create unity and joy.
  • For the T-Shirt contest, we will print your design on T-Shirts available at Youth Connect events in all five boroughs, and will spread the image via social media and news stories, giving exposure to you and your work. (T-shirt contest is for ages 24 and under.)
  • For the Poetry or Essay contest, we will read your piece publicly, or you can read it yourself on stage, at events in all five boroughs, and we will share it on social media and news outlets, to use your powerful words to draw attention to the work we are doing, and give exposure to your talent and your voice.
  • Prizes: 1st Place in each contest gets $300. 2nd and 3rd place in each contest get $100. Winners will be announced by July 15th.
  • For any questions, please contact

Renaissance Youth Council: Youth in Power
Empowering civic-minded young people to pursue and achieve change in their community.

Our Youth Council responds to the desire of young people in the Bronx and beyond to confront issues in their community they are passionate about and affect change, while staying within the broader scope of the Renaissance mission: empowering youth to fully maximize their potential as productive and responsible members of society.


Strengthen the voice of young people in our community, increasing their ability to join the conversation in an impactful way in pursuit of outcomes that favorably impact quality of life for their peer group.

Provide invaluable exposure to local and city politics and unique opportunities to engage with government, NYPD and community leaders and key stakeholders.

Break cycles of power remaining in the same hands and end feelings of an inability to make a difference.

Develop lifelong community organizing skills including leadership, research, networking and public speaking.

Councilmember Responsibility

Make a commitment to be present at all Council meetings barring school or health conflicts and to dedicate additional free-time in pursuit of Council objectives.

Demonstrate accountability for your responsibilities and roles in projects where your councilmembers are relying on your contributions.

Attend and participate in community board and precinct meetings as relevant to Council initiatives.

Represent the Council and your peers with integrity, professionalism and pridefulness on and off-duty.