United Ways “Youth As Resources” recently awarded grants to local youth groups


Racine, Wisconsin (January 22, 2016). Youth As Resources (YAR) empowers young people to make a positive difference in Racine County through grant making and community service. Any group of youth (up to age 24) from community organizations, religious communities, schools, classrooms, clubs, service groups, and other nonprofit organizations may apply for a YAR grant up to $1,000. The grants fund youth-designed, youth-led community service and service learning projects. Projects must feature youth as planners and volunteers and creatively address specific community needs or problems, such as environmental, social and cultural awareness issues.

Recently, Youth As Resources awarded three grants to empower local youth groups to help the community. In November 2015, YAR awarded a grant to the Searching Together Youth Group from Searching Together Missionary Baptist Church for their project, Youth of Yesterday. They used the grant to prepare holiday baskets and host a party for the elderly residents of Trinity Terrace in Racine. In December, YAR funded two projects. Family Literacy of Racines Youth Group received a YAR grant for their project, Adopt a Room at the Womens Resource Center in Racine, Hallway Gallery and Art Cart. The grant will be used to create an art therapy cart and hallway art gallery for clients at the Womens Resource Center. Hearing Everyones Last Plea (HELP) at Park High School received a grant for their project, Winter Wear for Park Students. The group will use the YAR grant to purchase warm hats and gloves for economically disadvantaged students who have to walk long distances to get to school.

united way logo Youth As Resources is currently accepting grant applications for the 2015-16 program year. The deadline to submit an application is the first of each month from through May 2016. Youth groups interested in applying for funding are encouraged to request a Youth As Resources informational session to learn more about the grant process and how to successfully complete the YAR grant application and project budget.

For more information or to apply for a YAR grant, visit www.unitedwayracine.org/yar or contact education initiatives director Jessica Safransky Schacht at 262-898-2251 or jsafransky@unitedwayracine.org.