Youth Programs

Learn how you can advocate for church-state separation in your community

Across the country, young people are advocating for church-state separation and equality in their schools and communities. No matter who you are or where you live, you can be a part of the nationwide movement for church-state separation.

“Learning about the numerous ways church-state separation impacts my own life and the lives of my peers has made me even more passionate about the issue. In fact, I encourage young people to learn more about the connection of church-state separation to their own lives and get involved in the fight for the wall of separation.”Allie Schiele, legal intern summer 2021

Whether you just want to learn more about your rights, advocate in your school or local community, find opportunities for leadership development, or explore more ways to get involved, we’re so excited to work with you.

Learn more about getting involved below, or contact [email protected] to get started.

Young people aren’t just the future, they’re the now. Alicia Johnson, AU National Organizer and Student Network Manager

More things you can do

Know Your Rights

Students of all religions and none should feel welcome in their own public schools and at school events. Religious freedom means that individuals—not school officials or government officials — get to make their own decisions about religion. If you think someone is violating your rights in school, we can help!

Learn more about your rights as a public school student.

Bring AU to Your School/Community

Want to help keep your community informed about church-state separation or take action locally? AU is here to help! Our staff of lawyers and advocates can host a workshop or speak at an event for your club, class, or any group on a wide range of topics.

Contact AU to learn more.

Youth Organizing Fellowship

The Youth Organizing Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program for a nationwide cohort of ten young people (ages 18-25). As a Fellow, students strengthen their organizing skills and lead the movement for separation of religion and government.

Learn more about the Youth Organizing Fellowship.

Student Essay Contest

AU’s annual essay contest encourages high school students to reflect on why religious freedom and the separation of religion and government are important to them and their communities—and what they can do to ensure religious freedom is used as a shield that protects, not a sword to harm others.

Learn more about the Student Essay Contest.

BREAKING:

AU calls out leaked supreme court opinion overturning abortion rights as a religious extremist assault on our democracy

"The end of Roe is just the beginning. Next on the hit list are a broad array of protections for personal liberty."—Rachel Laser, AU's CEO and President

Read our statement here