Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), a teen grant-making committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, is now accepting applications for its YCI Fund in the areas of access to food, youth engagement, and neighborhood enrichment.

Entering its 17th year, YCI has engaged nearly 200 teens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds awarding more than $255,000 to 75 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County. The only non-school, youth grantmaking committee in the area , YCI empowers teens to make important funding decisions while developing grantmaking and leadership skills.

YCI Class of 2016:

• Abhinav Chalasani Boylston
• Caitlyn Nguyen N. Grafton
• Diane Khong Worcester
• Dorean Asuako Worcester
• Isabella Corazzini Worcester
• Jadamaseni Mpawenimana Worcester
• Jaileah Milton Worcester
• Laura Giordano Shrewsbury
• Lauren Walsh Berlin
• Lissett Quispe Worcester
• Niamh Toomey Auburn
• Nicholas Le Worcester
• Randal Agyekum Worcester
• Rayaan Yunus Westborough
• Sarah Riley Sutton
• Tyler Monteros Grafton

Areas of Interest:

Access to Food
• Addressing “food desert” areas in our community;
• Providing food to/feeding homeless populations.
Youth Engagement
• After school programs focused on the performing arts, visual arts and/or music;
• Youth programming with an emphasis on inclusion (programs serving LGBTQ, youth of color and/or youth with disabilities).
Neighborhood Enrichment
• Residential area beautification and enhancement projects (murals, public space clean ups, small-scale landscaping, development of new public spaces);
• Affordable housing projects (restoration, new construction builds).

All programs funded by YCI must incorporate “youth voices” in a significant aspect of program planning, implementation, evaluation or leadership. Applications must be received by November 1, 2016. For more information, Contact Sarah Shugrue, or 508-755-0980.