Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), a young person led grant-making committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, announced the awardees of its 2018 YCI Fund program today, totaling $25,300. The YCI Fund provides funding in support of areas of interest determined by the committee through an extensive community learning process. For 2018, academic enrichment, health & wellness of young people, and youth leadership & civic engagement emerged as top community priorities. The committee is proud to announce the awarding of 11 grants from the 33 applications received. Those organizations receiving funds this year are: Boys & Girls Club of Worcester in support of their youth led leadership programs. Hope Coalition to support implementation of youth-led trainings for adults. Main South Community Development Corporation for a free community concert organized by students from South High School, Claremont and University Park Campus School. Muslim Community Link Inc. to help facilitate employment training and workshop opportunities for youth. Nativity School of Worcester for support of their winter and spring arts nights. Pernet Family Health Service, Inc. to help facilitate their youth summer jobs program. Quinsigamond Community College in support of a sex education course for Gateway to College students. Shrewsbury High School for the purchase of a hydroponic gardening system for the Chemistry Club. Worcester Interfaith to support youth led advocacy work within their Voices for Youth Employment program. YMCA of Central Massachusetts in support of a mock legislative program for young people. YWCA of Central Massachusetts for the implementation of a youth led sexual harassment and sexting workshop.