What We Do

PopUp for Change, a program of the 14th Street Y, brings NYC teens together to transform urban spaces into vibrant PopUp hair salons, food trucks, and supper clubs that tackle issues of social justice. We use design thinking and Jewish values of social justice to explore, listen and respond to the needs of the community and to make real change in the world.

In 2017, our teens created a PopUp Hair Salon for senior citizens in need at the Sirovich Center on the Lower East Side. In five days, we provided over 150 haircuts and manicures, served over 200 snacks and danced and played board games as we connected personally with each senior that came to the salon. In 2015, our teens worked with residents of a low-income housing development and local farmers to create and operate a PopUp food truck – bringing healthy food options to the community. Read more about us in Tablet Magazine

Join us for our first ever Spring PopUp! Apply today for the Spring PopUp and for the Summer PopUp programs. Participation in the program qualifies for service learning credit.

PopUp for Change was a completely different experience than anything I had done before. It allowed me to design a PopUp Hair Salon opposed to simply volunteering for an already existing project.
— Julia, 2017 participant
Although I thought I already had empathy, my awareness and perspective has changed a lot.
— Chris, 2017 participant

Who We Are

How We Do It

At PopUp for Change teens tackle issues of social justice using design thinking—an approach to problem solving that promotes empathy and applies an iterative approach to generating creative solutions.

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How to apply

Applications for both the Spring and Summer PopUp for Change programs are now now open. High school students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2018 are eligible to apply. Participation in the program qualifies for service learning credit. Scholarships are available, and we offer work-study options for staff applicants of New Country Day Camp. 

Please allow approximately 30 uninterrupted minutes to complete your application, as you cannot save your progress.

Spring PopUp 2018

When: March 18th-March 24th (with an overnight experience on March 23rd)

Cost: $500 with a minimum deposit of $50 due open acceptance. The remaining payment will be due by February 1st, 2018. 

Summer PopUp 2018

When: August 20th-August 31st (with an overnight experience on August 24th)

Cost: $1000 with a minimum deposit of $150 due upon acceptance. The remaining payment will be due by June 1st, 2018.