The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Youth Making Change
Announces $30,000 in Grants and
Invites the Community to Celebrate TWICE (March 19th & March 25th)!
Santa Barbara & Santa Maria, CA – Youth Making Change (YMC) is a teen-led grant-making program launched in 2008 by the Fund for Santa Barbara. YMC is made up of teens ages 13 to 19 and provides grants to youth-led projects addressing community issues and challenges directly affecting young people. YMC 2014-2015 consists of two YMC Boards: YMC North is based in the Santa Maria Valley and YMC South is based in southern Santa Barbara County, and each is provided with $15,000 to distribute in grants.
Both YMC Boards have recently made their grant decisions and invite the community to celebrate! The recipients of the YMC 2014-2015 grants are…
— YMC South —
Dos Pueblos HS Social Equality Club / S.A.S.S.Y (Student Activists Serving and Supporting Youth) – $1,890
Funding to facilitate multiple events and campaigns geared towards positive social change
Kids Helping Kids / Low-Income Youth AP Test Scholarships - $2,010
Funding to provide Advanced Placement test scholarships to low-income youth at San Marcos High School
PeerBuddies / Peer Buddy Volunteers - $2,500
Funding to pair low-income teens with special needs with teen Peer Buddy volunteers who teach them social skills in the community
San Marcos HS Entrepreneurship Academy / Facilitating Growth in Foster Youth - $2,950
Provide educational resources, field trips, counseling opportunities, and team and art projects for foster youth
Santa Barbara HS Teen Sustainability Coalition / Creating a Sustainable Future Through Aquaponics - $1,900
Funding to create an aquaponics system at Santa Barbara HS for science and other classes to utilize in their curriculum
SBPAL Youth Leadership Council / 5th Annual Big & Little PAL Spring Break Mentoring Camp - $2,500
Support for a youth camp to develop leadership skills, provide peer-mentoring, instill a sense of civic pride and responsibility, and enhance self-esteem
Youth Drought Project / Low-Income Housing Sustainable Assistance - $1,250
Support to provide jobs for youth, while mitigating for the drought and assisting low income residents to become more environmentally sustainable
The YMC South Grant Awards Celebration takes place on Thursday, March 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at SoHo Restaurant – 1221 State Street in Santa Barbara.
— YMC North —
Allan Hancock College Dream Club / Youth Opportunity Movement - $ 2,460
Funding for a project to give support to students that are at-risk of not continuing their higher education
Allan Hancock College Gay Straight Alliance / Safe Spaces & Queer Education Campaign - $1,150
Support to revamp the AHC “Safe Spaces” Campaign, create an LGBTQ newsletter and put on a social event for the public
Ernest Righetti HS Gay Straight Alliance / Pride Threads - $1,440
Funds to raise awareness of the LGBT+ community through the form of representative clothing
Ernest Righetti HS Latinos Unidos Club / “We are Multicultural” Conference - $2,000
Funding for a youth-led conference that promotes cultural awareness and embraces diversity in the community
Jovenes Activos de Ñuu Savi / Stop the Discrimination Against the Indigenous - $2,700
Support for presentations about the Mexican Indigenous community to stop the discrimination against them
Lompoc Youth Commission / TOTAL (Teaching Our Teens As Leaders) Conference 2015 - $2,000
Funding for a youth leadership conference designed for Lompoc teens by Lompoc teens, to address issues related to teens today
REAL: Responsible, Encouraging, Assistant Leaders / The REAL Project - $1,250
Support to develop leaders amongst homeless youth, encourage and teach peers, welcome others, and educate the community about homelessness
Santa Maria HS AVID Class of 2018 / College for All - $2,000
Support to motivate high school peers not in AVID to attend college
The YMC North Grant Awards Celebration takes place on Wednesday, March 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the UDW Hall – 402 South Miller Street in Santa Maria.
Each Grant Awards Celebration will feature music, appetizers, and an opportunity to hear from the grant recipients. RSVP’s are requested. Grant Awards Celebrations are a time to honor the work of these youth-led groups and celebrate the work of Youth Making Change. For more information about YMC, the grant recipients or to RSVP for a Grant Awards Celebration please call 805-922-1707 x200.
More information may also be found at www.fundforsantabarbara.org.