Corrupt the Youth is a four-week long summer philosophy institute for high school students, specifically aimed at students from groups underrepresented in philosophy (women, people of color, and those from low-income backgrounds). Engaging in philosophical inquiry allows students to reflect critically on their beliefs, values, and commitments. Exploring some of the complex issues, both theoretical and practical, that philosophy concerns itself with, helps to shape students who are better thinkers and better listeners, who are more empathetic and more reflective.
Corrupt the Youth provides students with a framework through which to understand, critically evaluate, and address some of the unique issues that we face today (like police brutality, dog-whistle politics, and xenophobia, to name a few). The program primarily aims to empower students to be advocates for themselves. Engaging in philosophical inquiry allows students to discover and strengthen their own voices and clarify their own thoughts and ideas. Through this program, students engage with complex moral and logical entanglements that they can begin to unpack and discuss, and in doing so, they not only gain tools for living but hopefully also a sense of empowerment and agency.
The summer institute will launch in the Summer of 2018, and serve high school students in the Austin area. Your donation will help to train and fund doctoral candidates in philosophy to teach a mind-blowing seminar to traditionally underserved students in Austin, Texas. Thank you for your generosity!