Vital New Voices is an initiative that engages the innate creativity of young people to take on some of the challenges they see in the world. It is a program of the Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership (TGIAL), a nonprofit organization focused on applying the arts to achieve significant social impact.

The fundamental framework encompasses five core principles:

  1. Active engagement of youth.

  2. Accommodation for the full scope of artistic genres.

  3. Thematic focus on social issues, challenges, and trends.

  4. Collaboration with partner organizations.

  5. Impact evaluation based on the Social Activator Model of Change

Using this framework, TGIAL has established pilot programs for Vital New Voices in New Haven, Connecticut and Atlanta, Georgia