About Us

Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) is a global leader in the field of Youth Civic Engagement. ICP envisions a world where young people in every nation are actively engaged in improving their lives and their communities through civic participation.  We believe that well-structured youth service programs can provide innovative solutions to social and environmental issues, while helping young people develop skills for future employment and active citizenship.

ICP carries out its mission through four main activities:

  1. Incubating innovative models for youth service programs;
  2. Creating and expanding global networks;
  3. Conducting research and publicizing information on youth civic engagement, especially national youth service and service-learning; and
  4. Serving as a financial intermediary to support program innovation and policy development.

In addition to these activities, ICP regularly consults with its extensive network of over 2,500 academics, policymakers, program entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the field on program and policy work.

ICP has also helped to initiate and develop the leading global network on higher education community engagement, the Talloires Network , and serves as secretariat to the only global national youth service organization, the International Association of National Youth Service (IANYS).

Founded in 2001 by Susan Stroud through a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation, ICP grew out of Susan’s 30+ years of experience in designing programs and policies and building networks that result in many more young people having the opportunity to engage in civic activities that positively change their communities.  Since 2001, the team at ICP has worked to expand opportunities for tens of thousands of young people throughout the world to engage in service.  ICP has been highly acclaimed for its innovative thinking and contributions to the field by policymakers, practitioners and donors working in youth civic engagement.

ICP is governed by a Board of Directors that includes:

  • Peter Edelman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
  • Teresa Karamanos, Director of Principal Gifts, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Michael Lipsky, Senior Program Director, Demos:  A Network for Ideas and Action, New York, NY
  • Roger Nozaki, Senior Policy Advisor, US Department of Education, Washington, DC
  • Susan Stroud, Executive Director, Innovations in Civic Participation, Washington, DC