Teens 4 Change (T4C) has begun!
It was a sunny November morning as a group of six youth and four facilitators gathered at the East Liberty Carnegie Library for the introduction session to Teens 4 Change. Teens 4 Change is an emerging youth program that seeks to equip teens with resources and knowledge of the grantmaking process by giving them the opportunity to fund youth led community projects.
At the start of the Saturday morning session, youth were introduced to their fellow Teens 4 Change Board Members. As the morning proceeded, the group participated in a number of team building activities which encouraged active listening skills and individual participation. One activity had youth identify social problems prevalent in their communities and write them down on paper leaves that they then posted to a tree trunk hanging on the wall to create a canopy of social issues. The group then discussed the possible “root” causes of the noted issues and added these “root” causes to the displayed tree. The tree served as an effective visual that highlighted opportunities for structural change during the process of grant evaluation and grantmaking. TRCF’s office manager, Anne Lynch, led the group through an overview of the Three Rivers Community Foundation’s 7 key issue areas, the group of youth were eager to talk about issues areas of personal interest, ranging anywhere from environmental justice to racial equality. As a team, the T4C Board of Directors brainstormed goals and guidelines that they’d like to incorporate into the program, drawing attention to the need for openness, respect, and teamwork.
We are extremely excited for this program to fully kickoff on January 10th and continue to run every other Tuesday at the East Liberty Library. Teens 4 Change is currently recruiting a few more board members to reach their goal of having 12 youth to make this a fully comprehensive Board of Directors. If you are a high school youth and interested in applying visit our Teens 4
Change page. We have one more introductory session planned for the evening of December 14th.
If you are a youth group seeking funding keep your eye on the website for the T4C request for proposals (RFP) focused solely on youth led projects that are seeking to make positive changes in the Southwestern PA region.