Teens 4 Change


The Teens for Change youth grant application is now available! Download a copy of the Teens-for-ChangeRFP2015


Applications are due March 13th, 2015 by 5pm!

Applications should be emailed to alynch@threeriverscommunity.org. Additional copies may be faxed to (412) 243-0504, or mailed/dropped off at:
Three Rivers Community Foundation 
re:Teens for Change
100 North Braddock Avenue
Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

What is Teens 4 Change?

Hear from them directly on their interview with SLB radio.


Teens 4 Change (T4C) introduces you to the grantmaking process and provides you with the opportunity to work in with a group of 15 students from different backgrounds. As a T4C board member, you have the chance to present multiple grants to local youth-run organizations.

T4C board members learn about, create, and conduct an entire grant cycle from start to finish and then share what they have learned as grant-makers and philanthropists with their communities.

What do you do as a T4C Board Member?

As a T4C board member you learn about philanthropy and current issues facing young people. You reach out to youth in the community and encourage them to plan a project and apply for T4C grant money to carry it out.

Then, you review proposed project ideas and make decisions as a group about which project(s) receive the T4C grant. We award $9,000 in grants of various sizes to projects that impact youth.

Participation in this program helps you develop important leadership skills, learn about inequalities facing youth, and learn new skills such as planning meetings, outreach and public speaking, organizing programs, proposal evaluation and group decision-making.

Past Teens 4 Change Grantees

Real Talk Performers, Teens 4 Change grantee

Real Talk Performers, Teens 4 Change grantee

Below are examples of youth-led social justice initiatives that have been funded by Teens 4 Change board members.

Amachi Ambassadors
Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education – PRYSE Academy
Black Political Empowerment Project, Student-led Anti-violence Summit
Braddock Youth Project
E’racism Shaler High School
Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS Inc.
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh
Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Pittsburgh
M-Powerment Shaler High School
Prime Stage Theater
Real Talk Performers – Common Ground Teen Center
Seeds of Hope
TeenBloc A+ Schools
Tree Pittsburgh

Braddock Youth Project, Teens 4 Change grantee

TeenBloc, Teens 4 Change grantee

TeenBloc, Teens 4 Change grantee


Who can apply?

High school students who want to:

1.) Work with other youth to make decisions about where money to help young people goes,

2.) Help youth and their communities,

3.) Learn about grant-making, program planning and group decision-making.

Who gets selected?

The Three Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF) will select 15 T4C board members that reflect the diversity of young people in Allegheny County. Youth are selected from different neighborhoods, schools, grades, academic levels, and life experiences. Students are encouraged to apply regardless of race, gender, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, ethnicity, language spoken, or immigration status.

What is the time commitment?

Board membership runs from the end of September to May. The T4C board meets once a week in TRCF’s office. In April two 4 hour meetings are held to review grant proposals.

Teens 4 Change Schedule 2014-2015
Teens 4 Change meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 5:30-7:30pm at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.


September 19th – Teens 4 Change board member applications are DUE!

September 19th – Teens 4 Change participant applications due
September 22nd – Final notifications to applicants
October 6th – First T4C meeting
October 20th – T4C meeting
November 3rd – T4C meeting
November 17th – T4C meeting
December 1st – T4C meeting
December 15th – T4C meeting

December 16th-January 4th – break

January 5th – T4C meeting
January 19th – T4C meeting
February 2nd – T4C meeting: Release Request for Proposals for Teens 4 Change grant
February 16th – T4C meeting
March 2nd- T4C meeting
March 13th – Teens 4 Change grant application are due!
March 16th – T4C meeting
April 6th – T4C meeting
April 20th – T4C meeting
May 4th – T4C meeting
May 18th – Final meeting with grantees

Do you get paid?

The program is voluntary, but you receive a $100 stipend for your transportation to and from the meetings. The stipend is for board members who participate throughout the board term.

Additional Information:

This program was adapted from the Fund for Santa Barbara’s (California) Youth Making Change program.

In a “Pay it Forward” component, the participating students will be asked, during the final phases of their project, to raise an amount equivalent to 10% of the funds that they grant.  These funds will be raised at an end-of-project fundraising event, which will draw some of TRCF’s board and committee members, who, along with other attendees, will make small donations to the seed money fund.  The funds raised will then be allocated as seed funds to the next group of students’ to participate in the program who, in turn, will be asked to do the same.

Questions? Contact Sydney Olberg, Youth Program Coordinator, trcfcoordinator@gmail.com or (612) 886 – 5268


Are you an adult ally that knows a young person interested in social justice? Help us connect with them by nominating them here. (NOTE: young people are encouraged to apply directly and are NOT required to be nominated by an adult.)

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