Youth Grantmakers in Action

Bringing Youth Voices to the Table

Youth Grantmakers in Action (YGA) creates an avenue for youth, ages 15–18, to play a meaningful role in philanthropy in Forsyth County.

YGA is a diverse and youth-led group who live in or attend school in Forsyth County.  They come 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.

The program supports authentic, working partnerships between youth grantmakers and other youth who are creating meaningful projects for community change.

2023-2024 Youth Grantmakers in Action
  • Alice Neelon, R. J. Reynolds High School
  • Amirra Crews, R. J. Reynolds High School
  • Aryaman Shukla, Atkins High School
  • Ava Banner, Reagan High School
  • Bradley Swayne, Atkins High School
  • Carmen Davis, Winston-Salem Christian School
  • Cora Hawfield, R. J. Reynolds High School
  • David Jaramillo, Parkland High School
  • Ghufran Abd, Parkland High School
  • Grace Isiguzo, Early College of Forsyth
  • Jadyn Alexander, Middle College of Forsyth
  • Jadyn Uzzell, West Forsyth High School
  • Jayla Page-Thomas, Middle College of Forsyth
  • Lauren Shen, Atkins High School
  • Rhoda Asare, Parkland High School
  • Sloane Whalen, Mount Tabor
  • Sorrel Kuppinger, R. J. Reynolds High School
  • Taylor Shen, Atkins High School
  • Tyler Jones, Walkertown High School
  • Valerie Del Campo, Early College of Forsyth
  • Wenda McLaurin, The North Carolina Leadership Academy

Grants for Youth-Led Projects

YGA makes grants annually to youth-led projects that address community issues and challenges and that have a positive impact on other youth. Funding proposals are accepted from late November to late January, and decisions are announced in March.

Do you have a proposal idea you’d like to discuss? We’d like to hear from you! Please contact us to schedule a conversation.

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2024 Grant Recipients
  • Athletes4Change: $1,500 to conduct a basketball camp for underserved youth
  • Científico Atlético: $695 to engage Hispanic youth in a student-led science and sports camp
  • Fútbol for All: $1,000 to share the love of soccer through implementing drills, scrimmages, and workouts
  • Project Peace Haven: $1,000 to host two summer celebrations at Peace Haven Mobile Home Park featuring healthy eating information, enrichment activities, and school supplies
  • R.J. Reynolds Debate Club: $375 to organize a Forsyth County mock debate for up-and-coming debate clubs
  • TASA Youth Initiative: $500 to provide free swim lessons to kids in underserved communities
  • Troop 916: $1,950 to provide shade and seating for young athletes at the Carver High School tennis courts

What's YGA all About?

In this video, past member Megan Mills discusses what she learned from her YGA experience, including consensus-building and decision-making skills, and why it’s important to give back.

How to Get Involved

Join YGA

If you’re a rising 10th-12th grader and live in or attend school in Forsyth County, then you’re eligible to apply! YGA’s program runs from August through April of each school year.

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Adult Advisor:
Courtney Feliz, The Winston-Salem Foundation

Megan Mills, Youth Grantmakers in Action Alum