Youth Equity Academy

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it…and then dismantle it.” Ibram X. Kendi

Buffalo Prep’s Youth Equity Academy (YEA!) is a civic engagement program for high school students who want to transcend racism and inequality. Participants engage in a year-long series of workshops to promote antiracism and racial equity throughout our community.  At the culmination of the program, students select a topic related to social justice and create a public awareness campaign for their capstone projects.  

YEA! workshop examples include:

  • Diversity & Inclusion, Equity & Equality
  • Segregation in Buffalo and Myths About Poverty
  • Systemic Racism
  • Contemporary Racism & How It Shows up Today (Incarcerations & Healthcare)
  • Implicit Bias & Microaggressions
  • White Privilege
  • Allyship & How to Leverage Your Privilege

Who can join?

What is the time commitment?

  • One Saturday morning each month from 11:00am-12:30pm

What are the benefits?

  • Expand your knowledge of racial and social justice issues
  • Learn effective methods to promote antiracism and educational equity in your community
  • Successful completion of YEA! is great for your resume and college application
  • Network and engage with peers from other schools

To learn more, contact Kenny Vargas, Director of College Prep Programming, at