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.



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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

Project RESPECT has been POSTPONED due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next Project RESPECT program is tentatively scheduled for June 20 - 26, 2021.



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 ended its year in June and will pick back up in September, when the youth will meet weekly!  The after school program is youth-led and engages in at least one educational event and one entertainment event per month.  

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Summer Employment Opportunity: 


Youth Facilitating for Change (YFC) is an intensive, six-week summer jobs program—funded through the City of Providence—in which professional RICJ facilitators train and certify youth as peer-to-peer social justice facilitators. Over the course of the summer, our Youth Facilitators work to develop the skills necessary to lead dialogue around important issues in their communities, uplift the voices of those seldom heard, and represent their own ideas and narratives in meaningful ways through workshops and community conversations. 


This year, the program ran July 6th to August 13th, 2020, with twenty-two youth aged 14-17 who were employed twenty hours per week. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the RI Department of Health's guidance pertaining to summer programs, YFC was run entirely online this summer. The first two weeks of the program included workplace readiness training, identifying leadership styles, and an introduction to social justice and facilitation; the middle weeks focused on selecting social justice workshop topics in small groups, scheduling public workshops, and preparing an original facilitation guide; and the final weeks were geared toward Youth Facilitators leading social justice-informed, dialogue-based workshops for peers and adults in other job training programs, nonprofits and agencies, and the larger RICJ and Providence community.

In the first two weeks of August, Youth Facilitators led a series of original peer-to-peer workshops via Zoom on social justice issues they selected. They worked with over 75 youth from Young Voices, the YMCA of Greater Providence, Providence Public Library and the Refugee Dream Center, as well as 26 adults from various local organizations and agencies. If you or your organization are interested in participating in a youth-led social justice workshop in the future, please e-mail and We would love to partner with you!

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