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What We Do

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

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. In 2016, our PopUp Supper Club offered a unique series of dinner gatherings to shake up the daily routine and address the specific needs of vulnerable senior citizens at the Sirovich Center. Read more about us in Tablet Magazine

This summer, join us to create our next PopUp for Change project. The program will run August 21st - September 1st, 2017 with an overnight on August 25th.

POPUP MADE ME REALIZE HOW SOMETHING SMALL FOR YOU CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR SOMEONE ELSE, OR EVEN TRANSFORM AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY DYNAMIC.
— Ellie, 2015 participant
THROUGH POPUP I LEARNED THAT CREATIVITY, MATURITY, GOOD ORGANIZATION, AND TEAM WORK ARE REALLY IMPORTANT, AND I WILL TRY TO APPLY THIS IN MY LIFE.
— Sofija, 2015 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

Application for summer 2017 will open on February 1st, 2017. 

The program will run August 21st - September 1st, 2017 with an overnight on August 25th. The cost of the program is $1,000. Scholarship are available, and we offer work-study options for staff applicants of New Country Day Camp. Participation in the program qualifies for service learning credit. 


Completing your application will take approximately 30 minutes, and you cannot save your progress, so be sure to have enough uninterrupted time before you begin. Please allow for up to two weeks for review of your application. A minimum deposit of $150 will be due upon acceptance, and the remaining payment will be due by June 24, 2017. For questions, contact us directly at popupforchange@14streety.org.