Youth Grantmakers in Action

Youth Grantmakers in Action (YGA) of The Winston-Salem Foundation is a diverse group of youth from across Forsyth County that comes together to gain leadership experience, represent youth in their community, voice their opinions, and make grants to youth-directed projects that address community issues and challenges in Forsyth County. This project was created to engage young people and gain their critical insights into the needs of other youth in the community. YGA is structured to support authentic, working partnerships between young people and adults in designing these community-change projects.

Members of Youth Grantmakers in Action are selected each spring for the following school year. Youth between the ages of 15-18 can apply to The Winston-Salem Foundation to join YGA. Participants commit considerable time and energy during the school year to plan the application process and make grants to youth-led projects in Forsyth County. Applications to join YGA are available on the Web site in the spring of each school year.


YGA is currently accepting grant applications for youth-created and youth-directed projects in its 2017-2018 grant cycle.  We are pleased to be offering over $7,000 in total grantmaking funds this year, thanks to a $5,000 gift from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to support YGA's grantmaking efforts!  Deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 31 at 5:00pm. Grant recipients will be announced at a YGA Grants Celebration event this spring.

Click here to download more details and application information. 

YGA is also hosting a recommended Grantwriting Workshop on Wednesday, January 10 from 5:00-5:30pm at the Foundation's offices (on the 3rd floor) to help applicants refine ideas and write their applications.  For additional information on the YGA grants process, please contact Andrea Hulighan at (336) 725-2382.

Check out this video from a previous Youth Giving Summit in Raleigh.  This was a great gathering of youth grantmakers from across North Carolina, and in it you'll also see some YGA members from Winston-Salem! Learn more about young people who are learning the importance of giving back!

Adult Advisor:
   Andrea Hulighan, The Winston-Salem Foundation

Facilitator:  Fred Baker, Leading to Change


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