Mat Wright

Active Citizens is a social leadership training program that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development. Involvement in the Active Citizens program offers a range of opportunities to partners, facilitators, participants and wider communities to develop skills and knowledge to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. It also enables people to improve their understanding of local and global connections and the cultural, social, economic, and political factors that shape their community.

The second iteration of our Active Citizens program provided leadership training for young adults in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD region. The program cycle ran from the start of July 2018 to the end of March 2019.

Our delivery partners

We partnered with the following organizations selected as delivery partners for the 2018-2019 program cycle: DC-based AMP Global Youth and Public Allies, and Baltimore-based AZIZA/PE&CE.

AMP Global Youth

AMP Global Youth was born out of a critical moment – the attacks on 9/11 – which saw our world transformed forever. Our founding goal was to spark a youthful conversation about our collective role as global citizens in addressing global challenges. Our vision is of a changed world, crafted by the unique energy and creativity of youth. Our mission is to provide the knowledge, skills, community, and confidence for global youth to amplify their story, voice and power for social change. In the past year AMP's activities have included: in-person training programs like Global Scholar; AMPlifier virtual trainings; the Culturama virtual intercultural game connecting youth in the US and Iran; and the Frequencies project which features monthly conversations around global citizenship. We are a virtual, youth-driven organization that acts as a connector between youth, organizations, and experts. Our audience, network, and alumni is truly 'global youth' with over 100,000 youth to date engaging in our programs both physically and virtually from all over the world. AMP is led by Karen Showalter, Chief Maker and Vanessa Faloye, Chief Trainer.

Public Allies

Public Allies mission is to create a just and equitable society. Since 1992, we have helped hundreds of young adults from underrepresented backgrounds serve our community, get on successful pathways to higher education and careers, and commit to being lifelong social change agents.  Our comprehensive leadership and support services empower young people whose early years have proven challenging and provide them a solid foundation for their futures.  Nationally, we have a footprint in 25 communities. 


Established in 2008, AZIZA means precious, gorgeous and powerful in Arabic and Swahili, and is the reflection of a mother’s love. Named after Nile AZIZA, the daughter of Founder Saran Fossett, the program is committed to the development of girls. Fossett spent years working in fashion and education with the intention to offer girls resources and tools to become dynamic leaders, innovators and public servants.

In 2011, Shawn Lemmon joined AZIZA and created Positive Energy & Cultivating Excellence (PE&CE) to engage marginalized male and female youth from the LGBTQ community. Together, Saran, Shawn and the team at AZIZA/PE&CE serve as leaders who create leaders, trailblazers, change-makers and dynamos. AZIZA/PE&CE implements a progressive, tailored curriculum involving fashion, fitness, arts, music, mentoring, entertainment and education.  The curriculum evokes critical thinking and teaches life skills which contribute to the knowledge, confidence and perspectives that help youth make their marks on the world.