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Corrupt the Youth is an outreach program that brings philosophy to high school students. We principally work in Title I schools – schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.

In introducing students to philosophy, we aim to close (or reduce) the ‘opportunity gap’ between these students and their wealthier peers. Our broad goal is to provide students with a framework through which to understand, critically evaluate, and address some of the unique issues that today’s youth face (like police brutality, dog-whistle politics, and xenophobia, to name a few). 

​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, also helps to shape students who are better thinkers and better listeners, who are more empathetic and more reflective. 

“I learned a lot from this course, especially stuff that our normal teachers wouldn’t really teach us. I realized that sometimes I believe things just because everyone else does and that I need to think more about certain topics.”
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ATX

Corrupt the Youth – ATX is housed at Eastside Memorial High. Members of the UT philosophy department teach a 90-minute class 1-2x a week during the Spring semester. ​Corrupt the Youth – ATX is directed by Amelia Kahn.

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LA

Corrupt the Youth – LA is run by members of the philosophy departments at USC and UCLA. Through the Youth Education Department of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, volunteers work with at-risk youth between the ages of 14-24.  Corrupt the Youth-LA is directed by Jesse Wilson. 

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BOS

​The Boston chapter of Corrupt the Youth was founded at the invitation of Prospect Hill Academy, a small charter in Cambridge. This chapter currently operates as an after-school program with plans to transition to a full-time class in Fall 2019.

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SFV

Corrupt the Youth-San Fernando Valley was founded by members of Pierce CollegeMelanie McQuitty serves as the Director of CTY-SFV.

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NYC

Corrupt the Youth-NYC is led by volunteers from NYU, Columbia, CUNY-GC,  Fordham, and other area colleges. Instructors lead a 50-minute class 2x a week at East Side Community High School, a Title 1 school on Manhattan’s lower east side.  Corrupt the Youth – NYC is directed by Cristina Ballarini.