YMC Board Application - Cohort 2020 - 2021
Youth Making Change (YMC) is a teen-led, grant-making, and leadership development program. Led by two facilitators who are previous YMC board members, each board (one meets in Santa Maria and one meets in Santa Barbara) will carry out an entire grant cycle
By attending meetings twice a month, board members will outreach to Youth-led groups in their community, receive and read grant applications, conduct interviews of applicants and make decisions as a group about which projects to give funding to. At the end of each cycle, the YMC boards will each grant up to $15,000 to youth-led projects helping to address issues affecting young people in Santa Barbara County.
The goal is for board members to learn about philanthropy and grant-making as they discuss and analyze current issues facing young people in Santa Barbara County. Ultimately, board members will build their personal and community connections and develop important leadership skills such as meeting planning, meeting facilitation, outreach, and public speaking, program planning, proposal evaluation, and individual and group decision-making.
About the YMC Board Cohort
Our Commitment to Diversity
It is important to establish a 15-19 member board that reflects the demographic make-up of young people in the county
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.
Youth are selected from different neighborhoods, schools, grades, academic levels, and life experiences.
Requirements and Responsibilities
- Each YMC board member must commit to being part of the board from July 2020 to May 2021.
- Attend meetings twice a month
- Santa Maria: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
- Santa Barbra: 1st & 3rd Thursdays.
- Be betweeen the ages of 13 and 19 as of 9/1/21
- Live or go to school in Santa Barbara County.
- Attend mandatory training (July 25th, 2020)
- Other meetings include two additional Saturday meetings. There is also some independent work between meetings.
- Be able to work with a diverse group of teens
Participation is voluntary, but you do get a $300 stipend for your participation in recognition of your time.
Deadline May 29th, 2020 before 5:00 pm
If you are interested in being a part of youth making change please fill out the online form below.
If you are unable to submit an online application please download and fill out a hard copy of the 2020-2021 Youth Making Change Cohort Application. The deadline is Friday, May 29th and should be turned into either our north or south county offices before 5:00 pm.
If you are an adult who would like to nominate a teen to be a part of our Youth Making Change board, please fill out the nomination form below. The deadline is Friday, May 15th.