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Youth Education



You are invited to attend the 2016 Youth Rights Conference (YRC) sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. This year’s YRC takes place at the Ali Center on Saturday, March 5th, 2016.

For over ten years, the YRC has brought Kentucky teens together in hopes of improving our community and commonwealth. Each year, a leadership team of high school students works tirelessly to construct a conference with the goal of enhancing the way people in our community think, act, and live. The theme of the 2016 YRC is “My New Kentucky Home.” Students will explore and deepen their understanding of migration through the stories of foreign-born Kentuckians. Join us for a fun-filled day of learning, leadership development, and social change!

The YRC is FREE to all high school students and includes lunch. Go here for more details, and please register by clicking here.

For more information contact, Charles Gwinn at or (502) 992-5311.


The Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS) is a diverse group of young leaders, committed to improving themselves and their communities through the practice of Muhammad Ali’s six core principles: Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality, and Giving. As a youth-led organization, these dynamic students make decisions that guide the course of their service work and leadership development.

Program Benefits

  • Confidence building and leadership development
  • Meet and engage in dialogue with community leaders and inspirational speakers
  • Encourage teamwork and develop strong communications skills
  • Find their voice for social change, and understand the value and power of giving


High school students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate the following:

  • Involvement in community service or extra-curricular activities in school or community
  • Potential to develop leadership skills
  • Excellent attendance, good academic grades, and exemplary conduct are expected

Program Requirements

  • Students must be available to meet two evenings per month at the Center
  • Students must be able to participate in learning projects throughout the year

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are currently closed.  Please check back in April 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Erin Herbert 
Director of Programming
(502) 992-5341



What is UCREW?

UCREW is a ground-breaking social enterprise program of the Muhammad Ali Center available to high school students. The program offers a unique opportunity for students to not only learn about social entrepreneurship, but to work in teams to develop an actual social enterprise.  During the 2015-2016 school year, students will meet twice monthly to explore the issue of “poverty” in their communities and to reflect on ways to combat local poverty through creative business endeavors. By the end of the program, students will have conceptualized, produced, marketed, and launched a small social enterprise business.

Program dates:  October 2016 – May 2017

Who is eligible to apply:  Any high school student in the Louisville area.

Applications for the UCREW program are currently closed. Applications for 2016-2017 will open in May 2016. Stay tuned!

Application deadline:  August 31st, 2016

For more information, please contact:

Charles Gwinn
Associate Educator
(502) 992-5340