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.

2021-2022 Youth Grantmakers in Action
  • Luke Armentrout, Mount Tabor High School
  • Sarah Bettis, RJ Reynolds High School
  • Will Craig, Reagan High School
  • Sebastian del Campo, Reagan High School
  • Lochlan Downard, Paisley IB Magnet School
  • Hillary Dunn, RJ Reynolds High School
  • Ashanti Evans, Mount Tabor High School
  • Landon Greenwood, Forsyth Country Day School
  • Testimony Isiguzo, Atkins High School
  • Grace Isiguzo, Early College of Forsyth
  • Emma Jensen, Atkins High School
  • Naudia McKoy, North Carolina Leadership Academy
  • Kelly Mills, Calvary Day School
  • Saniya Mitchell, West Forsyth High School
  • Anya Narayan, Reagan High School
  • Anam Parveen, Atkins High School
  • Alex Shen, Atkins High School
  • Desiree' Shields, Reagan High School
  • Skylar Sumrell, West Forsyth High School

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.  Grant applications from youth-led groups are due in late January of each school year, and grant decisions are made by April.

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2022 Grant Recipients
  • Atkins HOSA – $600 to support a blessing closet filled with school and toiletry supplies for students
  • Atkins’ Women’s Basketball Team - $1,500 to conduct a basketball camp for youth
  • Early College of Forsyth A Cappella - $150 for music materials to host a concert and provide a safe space for student expression
  • How r u rly? - $1,000 for a mental-health initiative for high school students
  • Leer Latino - $2,100 to provide dual-language literature and improve educational equity for Spanish-speaking students
  • Mount Tabor High School Ebony Society – $750 to host a workshop on self-care for youth
  • Students4Change – $800 to purchase duffel bags for teenagers in the foster care system


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 15–18 years old 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. Applications are accepted each Spring.

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Adult Advisors:
Andrea Hulighan, The Winston-Salem Foundation
Katie Sonnen-Lee, The Winston-Salem Foundation

Facilitator:
 
Fred Baker, Leading to Change