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Bold Youth Civic Engagement Initiative Reveals Potential of Community College Students

The Rappaport Family Foundation supports innovative and promising ways to engage young people, preparing them to be a generation of committed and skilled life-long progressive leaders. They look for unique and untested ways to bring about change. Launched in 2008, on the brink of new social and political movements, the Spark Initiative is their biggest and boldest initiative yet.

The RFF Spark Initiative, focused on community college students, is a groundbreaking experiment in philanthropy that continues to generate impressive results in community college civic engagement. Their report, A New Leadership Legacy, details the results of our experiment – concluding that investing in student leadership development creates social change on key issues for Millennials – educational equity, immigration reform, and environmental protection, among others.

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