Fostering a Culture of Philanthropy in the Classroom and Beyond
Led by the vision and generosity of past Board Chair, Benjamin Norton, Community Foundation Directors established the Youth Fund in April of 1998. The Youth Fund comprises 8th through 12th graders from across Lorain County who meet monthly to learn about the Community Foundation, grantmaking, development, and issues affecting youth. The teens review their own grant proposals and make funding recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.
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Join the Youth Fund
The Youth Fund is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Download this application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
When the Youth Fund was entering its fifth year, Community Foundation staff felt strongly that its grantmaking should be more narrowly focused on the area of expertise of its members – the classroom. During the 2002-2003 school year, a request for Service-Learning grants was developed and the Youth Fund approved 34 projects totaling over $5,500 in grants. These Service-Learning grants continue today and allow educators throughout Lorain County to better their students, their schools, and their community.
invested in the community.
Youth Fund Service-Learning Grants
The online application opens October 1.
Application Deadline: November 1
Board Decision: January
“Service-Learning” links community service (e.g. collecting food for the needy) to curriculum areas such as developing math skills, studying nutritional standards, researching social problems and impact of poverty. Service-Learning Grants through the Youth Funds are available to Lorain County teachers in grades K-12. Grants will be awarded for Service-Learning projects to be completed in the current academic year.
Youth Fund Board
|Ayden, Vice President||Elyria|
|Hailey B., Secretary||Open Door|
|Hailey S.||Lake Ridge|
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