2021-2022 NYCLU TAP Application


NYCLU's Teen Activist Project (TAP) is an exciting youth program that engages New York City teens as leaders and organizers on civil rights and civil liberties. TAP members work on a range of advocacy issues including the rights of pregnant and parenting teens, students' rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, freedom of speech and religion - and more! TAP is a great opportunity for young people interested in law, health care, social justice issues and community organizing. TAP programming will be in-person this year with a virtual option. There is more information and questions below to gauge your interest and comfort.

To Apply:

  • Be between the ages of 14 and 21 in the NYC area, and currently enrolled in High School or a GED program
  • Be available to meet Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00pm
  • Be able to commit to meeting at least one additional day of the week outside of Mondays
  • Be interested in youth and student rights, health, and social justice
  • Be committed to working with other teens to promote health and justice
  • Be willing and able to discuss controversial issues sensitively and respectfully
  • Be committed to meeting and presenting workshops throughout the week
  • Be interested in current events and how they impact New Yorkers

Note: Students of all backgrounds are eligible for the program, regardless of immigration status.

What Will I Get Out of Participating?:

  • Limited stipends available! (Up to $600)
  • Community service hours
  • Opportunities to plan and participate in workshops, trips and other educational or advocacy projects
  • Leadership, public speaking and community organizing skills
  • Knowledge about the law and how it affects New Yorkers
  • Meeting organizers and activists from all over NYC
  • Valuable experience organizing for social change
  • Become a member of the NYCLU family, meeting and working with professionals on social justice issues

The application deadline is Sunday, September 26th, 2021. The application will close at 11:59 PM that evening. Meet and Greets will be held in mid-October after the application deadline to invite selected applicants to learn about the NYCLU, the TAP program and meet our current TAP members. If you have any questions, please contact Kenny Nguyen at 212-607-3351 or schools@nyclu.org

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Student Information
TAP Meeting Logistics
We are happy to announce that in-person programming will return this fall, meaning our TAP meetings will be in-person! We will require that students show proof of vaccination in order to attend in-person meetings. We will offer a virtual option for students who do not show proof of vaccination, who are not yet comfortable attending in-person gatherings, and for students who attend school too far away and would prefer to participate virtually. Vaccine information will not be used for anything other than determining the appropriate logistics for the program. Vaccination status will NOT affect your acceptance into the program. We will require students to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Answering the following questions will help us identify how students want to participate in TAP and allow us time to make the most appropriate accommodations possible.
Application Questions
OPTIONAL: Demographic Information
Optional Demographic Data (Disclaimer): The NYCLU values diversity and inclusion as a critical organizational priority and we encourage all students to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship, or disability. The following demographics questions help us better understand our programs to ensure we are serving a diverse pool of individuals. They are entirely optional and play no part in the selection process. We are committed to making every effort to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Please let us know if you need assistance in the application process by contacting: schools@nyclu.org.