PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018-2019 Youth Making Change Board Member Applications Are Now Available

Apply to Join our Youth Making Change Boards
Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, May 18
Applications are also available at both our offices.
26 W. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
120 E. Jones Street, Suite 110, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Santa Barbara: 805-962-9164 | Santa Maria: 805-922-1707

Youth Making Change

Youth Making Change (YMC) is a leadership and teen grant-making program that provides young people with the opportunity to engage directly in organized philanthropy. Each YMC Board—one meets in Santa Maria and one in Santa Barbara—distributes $15,000 in grants to youth-led projects addressing community issues and challenges that impact young people in Santa Barbara County. Since 2008, YMC teens have granted over $245,400 to local groups lead by their peers.

What YMC Board Members Do

Each YMC board member commits to be part of the board from July 2018 to May 2019. YMC members meet twice a month to build their personal and community leadership skills and carry out a grant cycle.

Members learn about philanthropy and grant-making. They discuss and analyze current issues facing young people in Santa Barbara County. Members then outreach regarding the grant cycle. Board members receive grant applications from groups led by their youth peers and review proposed projects. They conduct interviews of applicants and make decisions as a group about which projects to a. They participate in grant follow-up including grant awards and site visits.

Board members develop important leadership skills including meeting planning and facilitation, outreach and public speaking, program planning, proposal evaluation and individual and group decision-making.


To join our YMC Boards, you must:
Be between the ages of 13 and 19 as of 9/1/19
Live or go to school in Santa Barbara County
Attend an all-day training on Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Attend evening meetings twice per month (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.) August 2018 through May 2019
Participate as grantor in YMC Grant Cycle August 2018-May 2019
Work with a diverse group of teens, be a leader and have FUN!
* see application for full details

Who gets selected?

The goal is to establish a 15-19 member board that reflects the demographic make-up of young people in the county. Youth are selected from different neighborhoods, schools, grades, academic levels and life experiences. Youth are encouraged to apply regardless of race, gender, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, academic status, physical/mental ability, ethnicity, language spoken or immigration status.

Participation in YMC is voluntary, but members do receive a $300 stipend in recognition of their time commitment.

Pass it on!
Please pass this information along and encourage you leaders to apply.


For more information, please contact Carlie Domingues: 922-1707 or Hugo Valdovinos: 962-9164 / /

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