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.

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!


YGA is currently accepting grant applications for youth-created and youth-directed projects in its 2016-2017 grant cycle. Deadline for applications: Monday, January 30 at 5:00pm. Click here to download the application.

YGA is also hosting a recommended Grantwriting Workshop on Wednesday, January 11 from 5:00-5:30pm at the Foundation's offices (751 West Fourth Street, 3rd Floor) to help applicants refine ideas and write their applications. Grant recipients will be announced at a YGA Grants Celebration event in the spring.

Adult Advisor:   Andrea Hulighan, The Winston-Salem Foundation

Facilitator:  Fred Baker, Leading to Change



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