Money Available for Youth-Led Projects

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“At the core of 4-H’s work with young people is a commitment to high-quality, positive youth development.” (National 4-H Council 2013 Annual Report) 4-H achieves this through long-term connections with caring adults, skill-building, and meaningful leadership opportunities. The Jackson County Youth Leadership Program is one activity of the Jackson County 4-H program that is helping to develop tomorrow’s leaders.

The Youth Leadership Council, in partnership with the Youth Giving Network and Leading to Change, is teaching young people about philanthropy. This group of 17 teenagers is learning leadership skills by giving away funds – they are learning to pay it forward. They are serving as a mini-foundation to award grant money to other young people in Jackson County. The Youth Leadership Council members discussed the kinds of programs they would like to fund, created an RFP (request for proposals), implemented fund-raisers, and are now in the process of accepting applications from youth for projects to fund. The Youth Leadership Council is supported in part by a grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The Council is for 9th – 12th graders and consists of leadership workshops, service projects, youth representation at community meetings, events for teens, and youth philanthropy.

The Jackson County Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is granting money for youth-led projects in our community. This is an opportunity for groups of youth to apply for grants to use for good in our community. Your organization may receive up to $500 for your project. Grant applications require a written description of the project and a proposed budget and are due by February 13th. You can find the application at For more information contact Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent/YLC Advisor at 586-4009 or, or any members of the Youth Leadership Council. YLC members are: Parker Arrington, John Cooper, Isabel Couture, Ty Crawford, Tessa Davis, Evan Grant, Shannon Grant, Zane Huskey, Kaleb Masters, Helen Miller, Kelly Morgan, Evelyn Rowan, McKayla Singleton, Skyler Singleton, Allie Todd, Anne Wade, Alex Wise.