High School Student-Led Grantmaking Program Now Accepting Proposals

by | Apr 4, 2022

(Worcester, MA – April 4, 2022) Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), a philanthropic committee comprised of high school students across Worcester County, and a program of GWCF is proud to announce the 2022 grant cycle is now open for applications.

After an extensive process of identifying pressing community needs, the YCI committee is interested in funding requests in the following areas:

Mental health support for young people

  • Projects/programs that reduce stigma, empower young people and address the ongoing mental health needs of young people
  • Projects/programs that address the impacts of COVID on young people

Basic needs for our community

  • Projects/programs/events that help provide clothing, food, shelter and/or menstrual products to those in need

Career & education pathways and opportunities for high school students

  • Projects/programs/events that that help young people explore and learn more about post-secondary opportunities

Community Building

  • Projects that foster community building/unification
  • Opportunities for community leadership
  • Projects/events that build on the socio-emotional and resilience of our communities

All programs funded by YCI must speak to youth voice in their proposal. Youth voice is the empowerment of young people through leadership roles, holding decision making power, and/or involvement of youth in program organization.

Entering its 23rd year, YCI has engaged over 200 teens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds since 1999, and awarded over $300,000 to over 75 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County.

Representing the 2022 YCI class is Bena Anane from Burncoat High, Arin Campbell from Monty Tech, Glodi Karagi and Isabel Urban from Bancroft School, Joseph Salib and Vaishnavi Aditya from Grafton High, Steven Zhang and Makenna Eisenstock from Worcester Academy, Lynn Wanjiku, Victoria Vazquez, and Nadia Eshun from Worcester Tech, Marisa Cohen from Wachusett High, Michael Lusolo from North High, Pranav Ramaswamy from Saint John’s, Ryan Kim from Shrewsbury High, and Shirley Liz De Jesus Rodriguez from Leominster High.

Applications must be received by Monday, April 29, 2022. To apply visit https://www.greaterworcester.org/Grants/Grant-Opportunities/Youth-for-Community-Improvement-YCI-Fund

For more information, contact Isabella Corazzini, at icorazzini@greaterworcester.org or 508-755-0980.