YMC Board Application - Cohort 2021 - 2022
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.
Our Commitment to Safety
For the duration of COVID-19 and until it is safe to hold in person meetings again, we will be holding all our meetings and events online.
- At least 13 years of age to apply
- Be between the ages of 13 and 19 by 9/1/22
- Live or go to school in Santa Barbara County.
Requirements and Responsibilities
- Each YMC board member must commit to being part of the board from July 2021 to May 2022.
- Attend meetings twice a month online meetings
- Santa Maria: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
- Santa Barbara: 1st & 3rd Thursdays.
- Attend mandatory 2 hr trainings (July 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2021)
- Dates are subject to change.
- 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 28th, 2021
If you are interested in being a part of youth making change please fill out the online form below.
If you are an adult ally and would like to nominate youth in the community to become a part of YMC please fill out the nomination form below
If you are unable to submit an online application or have any questions regarding YMC please contact the YMC coordinator at email@example.com