Cultivating entrepreneurial leaders, for a better world.

About Youth CITIES

Youth CITIES seeds students with an entrepreneurial mindset that turns them into the game-changing leaders of tomorrow. We do this through four structured programs that unleash their critical thinking skills and challenges them to always ask, “what if.” We provide curriculum, tools to tinker with, and access to thought leaders who guide them as they explore solutions for existing and future world challenges.


Our Mission & Values

For Students
For Educators
For Partners

Our Programs

March-to-May Bootcamp
The Youth CITIES March-to-May Bootcamp is a 10-week program that explores entrepreneurship in the context of startups.
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L3 Innovation Challenge
The Youth CITIES L3 Innovation Challenge is a 10-week program that explores entrepreneurship in the context of larger organizations.
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Monthly Mini-hacks
Youth CITIES' mini-hacks bring together an intergenerational group—from students to entrepreneurs to community members—to brainstorm around contemporary challenges.
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CITIES Skunkworks provides continued prototyping and go-to-market support for the ventures created by CITIES Scholars during their bootcamps.
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Our Impact

Students Inspired
Communities Connected
Mentors On Call
Years of Growth

In Their Words

Interacting with the YC students gives me faith in future generations, their ability to solve complex issues, and work collaboratively to make the world better. As a female in STEM, it's wonderful to see the balanced diversity in gender, socioeconomic background, and race that YC has established.
Sasha Hoffman, COO Piaggio Fast Forward
I am convinced that the Youth CITIES model of inspiring youngsters at the right age and stage in their development to dive not only into science and technology but also to develop leadership and entrepreneurial spirit to transform science into human welfare is nothing short of a revolutionary idea.
Diddahally R. Govindaraju, Father of CITIES Scholar
Our kids have been invited to take their own ideas seriously, to move through a rigorous process that turns their ideas into plans, their plans to a pitch, and ultimately their pitch to a genuine project.
Howard Sticklor, Executive Director of Youth Development Organization, Lawrence
Youth CITIES challenges students to raise the ceiling, knowing that we can be inspired and cultivated to meet high expectations if given the chance.
Toni Oloko, CITIES Scholar

Our Partners

CITIES: Creating Impact Through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability

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