Youth Making Change: The Fund for Santa Barbara
Region: Santa Barbara county Service Area(s): Leadership
26 West Anapamu St. • Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Contact: Cristina Gonzalez (
Telephone: 805-962-9164 • Fax: 805-965-0217

-Review proposed project ideas and make decisions as a group about which ideas to give money to.
-Give out $10,000 to projects that impact youth.
-Reach out to youth in the community to encourage them to plan a project and apply for money to carry it out. -Understand, explain and address inequality facing youth through philanthropy.
-Follow up with and give support to YMC funded groups.
-One all day training on a Saturday and a 3-hour meeting meeting every month until June 2009.
-some independent work between meetings.

-People ages of 13 - 19 who live in Santa Barbara and Goleta
-Interested in helping youth and their communities
-Want to learn more about issues affecting young people in Santa Barbara County
-Want to learn about grant making, action planning and group decision-making
-Want to gain important leadership experience
-Like working in groups, expressing opinions, and having FUN!

Deadlines: N/A

Description/Mission statement:
Youth Making Change (YMC) is an exciting opportunity for Santa Barbara County youth. YMC empowers youth to be active leaders in their community promoting service and giving; and strengthening youth participation in philanthropy. YMC gives money and assistance to projects that address community issues and challenges directly affecting youth in Santa Barbara County. The YMC board (made up of youth) makes the decision about which groups get money for their ideas! The 2008-2009 YMC board will give a total of $5,000 to fund local projects important to youth.

Youth Making Change is a program of the Fund for Santa Barbara inspired by the Santa Barbara Foundation's Katherine Harvey Fellows (KHF) Class of 2006-2007. KHF was established to identify, select and educate talented and motivated future community leaders about philanthropy.

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