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Several Worcester nonprofit organizations along with the city’s Department of Public Health are coming together to co-host a screening of the 2016 documentary Resilience on January 22. The film explores the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.
Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) program. Entering its 18th year, YCI has engaged over 180 teens from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds since 1999 and has awarded over $285,000 to over 70 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County. The only non-school, youth grant making committee in Worcester County, YCI empowers area teens to make important funding decisions in the community and develop grant-making and leadership skills.
“Each year, the young people in YCI work together to create opportunities and positive impact in our community through grant making,” said Sarah Shugrue, GWCF Program Officer. “Throughout their journey together, they develop a deeper understanding of the assets and challenges in their community, the workings of nonprofit organizations, and are able to reflect on their values and views. The YCI Class is an impeccable example of the powerful difference empowered young people can make in our community.”
Fall 2017 high school sophomores and juniors in Worcester County who are motivated to make a difference in the community and are interested in teamwork are encouraged to apply. Please note: YCI members must be available Wednesdays 4-7pm 9/13 - 12/13 and Saturday 9/9.
Applications must be received online by June 2, 2017. For more information, please contact Sarah Shugrue at email@example.com or 508-755-0980.
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for their Community Grant program. Community Grants support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. The Foundation focus on five areas of interest for community grants, which include arts and culture, civic engagement, and environment; early childhood development; youth development and education; economic security; and healthy communities.
“After a year-long “learning tour,” spent exploring issues and speaking with nonprofit leaders we revised our community grant guidelines in early 2016. The changes were made with both continuity and increased effectiveness in mind,” said Ann Lisi, President and CEO at GWCF. “One of the changes was to shift our community grants program from a semiannual to an annual schedule to make more efficient use of staff and volunteer time and to increase the rigor of our grant making by facilitating comparison of proposals.”
Several fundamental values inform GWCF’s grant making: access to opportunity, respect for diversity, and sustainable institutions. With these in mind, we are confident that a healthy and vibrant community can be realized.
Community grants are available for first-time applicants as well as existing and past grantees. Applications must be received by September 15, 2016. For more information, contact Jonathan Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980.
Youth for Community Improvement, a teen grant-making committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation today announced the awardees of its 2016 Fall YCI Fund program. YCI, a complementary program of the Foundation’s discretionary grant making pool, develops its own unique Request for Proposals based on the youth’s assessment of community needs. Areas of interest for 2016 included food security, youth engagement and neighborhood enrichment in Central Massachusetts. This year, 10 grants were funded from the 20 grant applications that were received serving the YCI’s areas of interest. Those organizations and programs receiving grants this fall are:
African Community Education Program, Cultural Enrichment Program $2,000
Ascentria Community Services, Mentoring Program for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors $1,600
L.U.K. Crisis Center Inc., Adventure Kids Camp $1,500
Main South CDC, Youth Corps $3,000
Mass. Audubon Society- Broad Meadow Brook, Let’s GO! Worcester $2,000
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Bringing in the Bystander $4,000
Rachel’s Table, Summer Produce for Children $1,600
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Cultural Programs for Youth $2,000
Worcester Interfaith, Teen Jobs Program $4,000
Worcester Youth Center Inc., YouthSpeaks! Spoken word workshops and performances $500
Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES) refer to toxic stress created by poverty, violence, crisis, or family dysfunction that can have a major impact on learning in children and can also manifest as chronic disease in adulthood. ACES affect all races, income and ethnic groups. Dr. Burke Harris is one of the most sought after speakers in the country on this subject.
If you have any questions, please contact Anne Goff at The Health Foundation (508.438.0009, x5; email@example.com).
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