Youth Empowerment

Young people are the hope of our nation and our world. The values we instill in them must be reflective of the way we would like ourselves and our society ideally to be. Our youth programs aim to instill in participants a sense of self-worth, respect for differences, and an aptitude for community service and leadership.


Project RESPECT 2019: 

Push for Change

Project RESPECT 2019

Project RESPECT 2019 was held

August 4 - August 10, 2019 at the Episcopal Conference Center in

Pascoag, RI

Project RESPECT 2020



Exploring Leadership & Social Justice
Since 1995, Project RESPECT (formerly Anytown) has been
engaging young people through a process of self-discovery and
intentional community building. Designed as a
leadership institute
for young people between the ages of 14 and
19, Project RESPECT is a life-changing experience for students
ready to explore their identities and challenge their privilege.

Over the course of the week, delegates dive into issues of privilege
and oppression; forge life-long friendships; build confidence; and
learn what it takes to create a world that is open and accepting of
all cultures, ethnic groups, faiths/religions, and genders.


Cost & Scholarships
The cost to attend Project RESPECT is
$600 per delegate. This helps cover the cost of food, lodging, supplies, and staffing. We understand this may be a hardship for some families to afford and work hard to make sure scholarships are readily available. Please do not let cost be a factor in your decision to apply to participate in this life-changing week.


After camp, we encourage all delegates to stay engaged in their leadership development by joining RICJ’s Youth Action Council (YAC). The YAC engages camp alumni during the academic year and builds on what was learned during Project RESPECT with the focus of turning passion for social justice into action for positive social change.

YAC began its new year on September 3, 2019, and the youth meet at least weekly!   The after school program is youth-led and is planning at least one educational event and one fun event per month.  


Youth Facilitating for Change (YFC) is an intensive, six-week paid training program which trains and certifies youth as peer facilitators.  Graduated YFC Facilitators will have worked to develop the skills necessary to lead dialogue around important issues in their communities, uplift the voices of those seldom heard, as well as represent their own ideas and narratives in a meaningful way through workshops and community conversations. 


Last year, the program ran July 1st to August 16th with 19 youth aged 14-16, employed twenty hours per week, funded through the City of Providence, Office of Economic Opportunity.  The first several weeks of the program involves facilitation training while the middle weeks of the program saw YFC Facilitators leading social justice-informed, dialogue-based workshops for peers and adults in job training programs, nonprofits and agencies.  The youth also participated in Project RESPECT leadership camp for a final week of intensive training. 


T: 401.467.1717


271 North Main Street

Providence, RI  02903

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