We provide access for empowered youth to create tangible change.
The PFA Institute was founded in 2017 as Picket Fence Academy, a competitive speech and debate education coaching organization. Picket Fence Academy saw great success, receiving honors such as top 2 in California and recognition in publications such as Urban Asian. However, Picket Fence Academy's audience started gaining more diversity in ideas, people, and needs. Eventually, we knew it was time for a change.
The PFA Institute was born.
The PFA Institute provides resources and opportunities to young changemakers with the purpose of increasing civic engagement and creating accessibility.
The PFA Institute operates through local student coalitions across the nation, organized into chapters. We provide all the resources and tools necessary to implement real-life change in their local and national communities.
The PFA Institute is home to The Future Incubator, a localized three-year mentorship program that provides resources and mentors for students to pursue a passion project that serves both their local and national communities.
The PFA Institute provides leadership programs and seminars for schools and other various programs. These are designed to provide a small course on how students can make a change in their own communities through hands-on work.
The PFA Institute offers multiple digital fellowships for students who may not have access to a chapter nearby. These fellowships are typically focused on one specific facet of our program, whether it be social justice, STEM, or other community service ventures.