Youth Making Change
Youth Making Change (YMC) is a teen-led grant-making program, launched in 2008, providing
young people with the opportunity to engage directly in organized philanthropy (giving grants). Each YMC Board (one meets in Santa Maria and one meets in Santa Barbara) gives out $15,000 in grants to projects led by youth that impact young people in
Santa Barbara County. YMC board members are teens ages 13-19. They create and conduct an entire grant cycle from start to finish and then share what they have learned as grant-makers and philanthropists with their communities. Each YMC board is led by two Youth Facilitators who are previous YMC board members. Facilitators assist the board in meeting its objectives; as well as provide an experienced youth perspective on the grant-making process. Since 2008, YMC has awarded $100,000 to 58 youth-led groups throughout Santa Barbara County. Youth Making Change is a program of the Fund for Santa Barbara, inspired by the Santa Barbara
Foundation's Katherine Harvey Fellows Class of 2006-2007.
Apply for a YMC Grant
Get up to $3,500 for your youth-led project
(la solicitud en español se encuentra abajo / application in spanish is below)
YMC Grant Applications DUE Monday, October 28.
For a list of past YMC Grant recipients click here!
Grants are disbursed in February and must be used by July 31st.
Basic Guidelines (see full guidelines here):
- Projects must be youth driven. Youth ages 12 – 21 should be leaders in all aspects of the project.
- Teens in the community must benefit from the project, not just the planning team.
- Projects must address a social issue or meet an actual need facing young people in Santa Barbara County.
- Projects must be located in Santa Barbara County.
- Youth-led groups must have a sponsoring organization, such as a school or community-based organization.
Attend a WORKSHOP to find out more
Santa Barbara: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Antioch University, 602 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Santa Maria: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Minami Center, 600 West Enos St., Santa Maria, CA 93454
Need Help Planning Your Project? We want to help!
- Download a YMC Action Planning Guide here!
- CONTACT US to set up a time when we can talk to your group about things like how to choose an idea, create a time line for your project, write your essay, or fill out your budget.
For more information contact Cristina at 805-922-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
!Consigan hasta $3,500 para su proyecto dirigido por jovenes!
Fecha de Entrega: lunes, 28 de octubre
Youth Making Change (Jovenes Haciendo Cambio) o YMC, es un programa dirigido por adolescentes que otorga becas. Empezó en el 2008 para darle la oportunidad a adolescentes que participen directamente en la filantropía organizada (dar becas). Cada Mesa de YMC (uno se reune en Santa María y otro se reune en Santa Bárbara), reparte $15,000 dólares en becas para proyectos dirigidos por jóvenes que impactan a los jóvenes en el Condado de Santa Bárbara. Miembros de YMC son adolescentes de 13-19 años de edad. Crean y llevan a cabo un ciclo de otorgación becas y luego comparten lo que han aprendido como filántropos en sus comunidades. Cada Mesa de YMC es dirigida por dos jóvenes facilitadores que son miembros anteriores de YMC. Los facilitadores ayudan a que cumplan sus objetivos, así como dar una perspectiva jóvenes con experiencia en el proceso de dar becas. Desde el año 2008, YMC ha otorgado $100,000 a 58 grupos dirigidos por jóvenes en todo el Condado de Santa Bárbara. YMC es un programa del Fund for Santa Bárbara, inspirado por la clase 2006-2007 de Katherine Harvey Fellows de la fundación, Santa Barbara Foundation.
- El proyecto tiene que ser dirigido por jóvenes. Jóvenes de 12 a 21 años de edad tienen que ser los lideres en todos los aspectos del proyecto.
- Jóvenes en la comunidad deben beneficiarse del proyecto, no solo el equipo planeando.
- El proyecto debe enfocarse en un problema social que enfrentan jóvenes o realizar una necesidad real para la gente joven en el condado de Santa Barbara.
- El proyecto se tiene que llevar a cabo en el condado de Santa Barbara.
- El proyecto tiene que tener a una organización que los respalde como una escuela o organización comunitaria.
Para mas informacion o si gustan ayuda en preparar su solicitud, comuniquense con Cristina al 805-922-1707 o email@example.com.
Congratulations to the 2013/2014 YMC Board & Facilitators!
Joanna Alvarez, Christopher Bartholomew, Ashlie Bissell, Kate Burt, Jacqueline Cabral, Emily Carrillo, Isabella Chierici, Maddie Cuttler, Ariana Dato, Iris Gau, Diana Gonzalez, Megan Handley, Marissa Hernandez, Evely Jimenez, Koss Dinaberg Klobucher, AJ Nisich, Madison Picket, Andrew Rodriguez, Lily Smith and Facilitators Kyle Carter & MoschwBar Ejimofor.
Meryl Adam, Rebecca Aldrich, Rozella Apel, Sarah Beck, Judith Botello, Domitila Carmona, Rick Cortez, Janet Cruz, Isaac De La Cruz, Leonardo Decasaus, Alana Gorsi, Colter Knight, Nora Lopez, Tiana McMann, Miranda Nilo, Bertha Orozco, Joel Robles, Kylie Sagisi and Facilitators Angelica Castro & Anita Oman.
YMC board applications are available in April and due in May.
What do YMC board members do?
Board membership runs from July to May of the following year. YMC members meet twice a month for the school year to plan and carry out a grant cycle. First, members learn about philanthropy and grant-making. They also learn about current issues facing young people in Santa Barbara County and share their own perspectives and opinions. They reach out to youth in the community to encourage them to plan a project and apply for money to carry it out. Board members receive grant applications from youth-led groups and review proposed project ideas. They conduct interviews of applicants and make decisions as a group about which projects to support. Each board has $15,000 to give to youth-led groups trying to improve the lives of young people in the community. After making their grants, YMC Board members conduct follow up site visits and give support to funded groups. They also fundraise for next year’s YMC. Board members develop important leadership skills and experience including meeting planning and facilitation, outreach and public speaking, program planning, proposal evaluation and group decision-making.
YMC Member Requirements
- Be between the ages of 13 and 19
- Be a teen living in or going to school in Santa Barbara County
- Attend a mandatory all day training in July
- From August to May, attend regular meetings twice a month on alternate Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Meetings in Santa Barbara are the first and third Thursdays of the month.
- Meetings in Santa Maria are the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
- Be willing to read and discuss grant applications, share your opinions, work with a diverse group of teens, be a leader and have FUN!
Who gets selected? The goal is to establish a board that reflects the diversity 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.
$300 STIPEND Participating in YMC is voluntary, but you do get a $300 stipend for your participation in recognition of your time commitment. The stipend is based on participation throughout the board term.
Congratulations to the 2012/2013 YMC Grant Recipients!
What past YMC members, parents and the community are saying about YMC
YMC Member: “I enjoyed finding out some of the needs in the community and seeing the programs people have started to deal with them”
Parent: “I watched my daughter gain more self-esteem and become more assertive. She knows her voice is important and now takes steps to make sure she is heard”
Community Member: “The thing I love about this program: it makes it clear that our youth are NOT the future leaders of the world. Rather they are the leaders NOW. YMC allows youth the opportunity to lead, to get other youth involved in learning about and applying for grants, and allows our youth-led community development programs additional funding to better impact our youth.”
Grant Report Form
A final report is required July 31st or when the funds have been spent whichever comes first. These reports include a financial statement detailing expenses and a narrative of the project’s impact, effectiveness, problems, and plans to continue.