Corrupt the Youth, an organization that brings philosophy to high school students and others, has won the 2019 Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs, awarded jointly by the American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC).
The prize “recognizes philosophy departments, research centers, institutes, societies, publishers, and other organizations for creating programs that risk undertaking new initiatives in philosophy and do so with excellence and success” in the hopes of publicizing the programs “so they may inspire and influence others to follow their lead.”
Corrupt the Youth, named for one of the charges brought against Socrates, runs philosophy programs mainly for students at schools with high numbers of children from low-income families (Title 1 schools), training graduate students in philosophy to “provide exciting and rigorous philosophical content to the students who need it most.” It currently runs programs in five cities. The organization’s founder and executive director is Briana Toole, assistant professor of philosophy at Claremont-McKenna College.
The prize includes a plaque and over $3,000 worth of electronic access to a bundle of philosophy resources for an entire year. You can learn more about the prize and see a list of previous winners here.