Youth for Community Improvement (YCI)

YCI has engaged over 200 young people from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds since 1999, and awarded over $300,000 to over 75 nonprofit organizations in Worcester County. The only non-school, youth grant making committee in Worcester County, YCI empowers our area's young people to make important funding decisions in the community and develop grant making and leadership skills.

YCI has widened my perspective about my community and has allowed me to cultivate my passion for helping others. The program introduced me to peers from around Worcester County who have challenged my perspectives and definitively left a lasting impact of my life.

YCI Member Class of 2016 & 2017

Interested in joining YCI in 2019?

Are you:  

  • Going to be a high school sophomore or junior in Worcester County in the fall of 2019?
  •  Eager to make a difference in your community?  
  • Motivated and reliable?  
  • Interested in working with your peers to effect change? 
  • Available Wednesdays from 4 - 7PM, September - December 2019?

Apply Now!

1st Year Application

2nd Year Application


Applications to YCI are due June 3, 2019. If you have questions, contact Sarah Shugrue at 508-799-0980 or


2018 YCI Committee Members

Esther Adu     Ian Gachunga     Megan Nguyen      Livia Skende 
Kristen Amoah     Devin Kelly      Chelsea Ofosuware      Alyvia Vancelette 
Skyler Campanale      Michelle Kim      Ariel Rodriguez     Nayerique Ventura 
Gabriel Cohen      Alexis Koduah      Kaiya Saunders      
Erin Denis     Yunji Lee      Himasri Shapally      

YCI has taught me about how a community is so much more than its individual parts. It's illustrated to me how Worcester is full of many amazing organizations doing beautiful work to engage its youth and minority populations, really making this city thrive and flourish.

YCI Member Class of 2017

Being a part of YCI really helped me become a better listener and a stronger facilitator. The program also informed me about so many local programs/organizations that I had never known existed and I am so appreciative of that.

YCI Member Class of 2015 & 2016

YCI In the News

Youth for Community Improvement Grants More Than $23k in Funds for Local Organizations

Teen council YCI invests in community’s future 

YCI on Instagram

Stay up to date with the Foundation's YCI program by following them on Instagram as they document their grant making process from start to finish. 

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