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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts – Youth for Community Improvement, a teen grant-making committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced the awardees of its 2016 Fall YCI Fund program. YCI, a complementary program of the Foundation’s discretionary grant making pool, develops its own unique Request for Proposals based on the youth’s assessment of community needs. Areas of interest for 2016 included food security, youth engagement and neighborhood enrichment in Central Massachusetts. This year, 10 grants were funded from the 20 grant applications that were received serving the YCI’s areas of interest. Those organizations and programs receiving grants this fall are:
African Community Education Program
Cultural Enrichment Program
Ascentria Community Services
Mentoring Program for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
L.U.K. Crisis Center Inc.
Adventure Kids Camp
Main South CDC
Mass. Audubon Society- Broad Meadow Brook
Let’s GO! Worcester
Montachusett Opportunity Council
Bringing in the Bystander
Summer Produce for Children
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
Cultural Programs for Youth
Teen Jobs Program
Worcester Youth Center Inc.
YouthSpeaks! Spoken word workshops and performances
“Over the past 12 weeks, we watched this group of 15 powerful young leaders come together focused on making a significant impact in their community through grant making,” said Sarah Shugrue, GWCF Program Officer. “Each week, they worked diligently together to ensure they had the right tools and knowledge to make difficult funding decisions. Throughout their journey together they developed a deeper understanding of the needs in their community and the workings of nonprofit organizations. The YCI Class of 2016 is an impeccable example of the powerful difference young people are capable of making together”.
Just finishing its 16th year, YCI has engaged nearly 200 teens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds since 1999 and awarded approximately $310,000 to 75 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County. The only non-school, youth grant making committee in Worcester County, YCI empowers area teens to make important funding decisions in the community and develop grant making and leadership skills.
About the Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Greater Worcester Community Foundation unites people from diverse sectors to create positive change within our region. Created and built by local individuals, this permanent endowment is used to create personal and lasting legacies that improve lives and conditions within the community. Established in 1975, the Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to cultural educational, human service and civic organizations. Today, the Foundation stewards a charitable endowment exceeding $140 million in over 600 named funds, all created by local citizens. For more information, visit www.greaterworcester.org.