Youth Matter Grants are mini grants given to youth-led projects to build safety, foster supportive youth-adult relationships, and make a difference in the community. Mattering matters! When youth know that they matter to their community, they are less likely to engage in risky, unsafe behaviors, and more likely to display higher levels of connectedness and mental wellbeing.
Creating projects that make a difference: Your proposal must focus on one of three specific themes: wellness, transportation safety, and underage drinking prevention. You will also define the community you wish to impact, and what difference you’d like to make within that group. You must demonstrate a commitment to incorporating best practices for achieving high quality programs. If funded, AYDC will offer training and supports to build a project that will address the above goals and make a difference!
Grant funding limits: Each project is limited to a maximum of $5,000.
Our Focus: Projects are intended to support youth-led initiatives that make a difference in the community. Projects will receive higher scores that involve youth in leadership roles, in decision-making, and project proposal development and implementation.
Applications are currently closed. Please check back this fall for details about the next round of Youth Matter Grants. In the mean time, you can check out our most recent Youth Matter Grant projects down below!
We are looking to support projects that address the following goals:
1 – 2 minute video infomercial on social media
We included a Google Form survey that was anonymous to ask questions of youth 14-18 about their feelings before and after watching the video. Overall, I feel like our video had a positive impact, especially with the short amount of time it has been posted.The majority of the responses showed that youth saw what was wrong, what they could do to correct behaviors, and 100% of the responses said that they are making the commitment to drive safer.
Safe Driving Messages for Youth
Series of videos and internet/social media platform interactions that tell an educational, parabolic story in a fun, puzzling way. An ad spot will direct viewers to the website that continues the game. Ad and website will contain distracted driving messaging.
The people who engaged with this project reported that they are more likely to drive safely without distractions and feel more comfortable advocating for safe driving in their communities.
Safe Driving Messages for Youth
An audio drama that deals with issues of appropriation, colonialism and othering. By thinking about how these themes affect indigenous cultures, youth involved will have the opportunity to work through these important issues in a thoughtful and creative way.
The Raven Watch audio drama positively impacted all youth involved. It increased our knowledge about colonialism and accurate representation.
A short film that explores the realities of pandemic music education and performance as well as the value of music in the lives of youth. Share the film with 3-5 ASD high school music programs.
Create a toolkit on how to advocate for change locally and nationally. Create and lead a workshop on Youth Advocacy/ local and congressional advocacy. Register young people to vote on Presidents Day. And a possible meet and greet with one of our Senators.
"Our project was a success with the young people who participated. Referring to the pre- and post-workshop survey, before our workshop the young people were curious to learn more about advocacy. At the end of our project we were able to get feedback from the young people. They gained more confidence in advocating not only for them individually but also locally in the assembly.
Create the “I am Youth Vote’ campaign designed to inspire and motivate young people to get engaged in community problem solving. Improve voter tools on our website for the 2022 municipal election and share with classrooms in 3-5 middle and/or high schools.
Youth interns and organization representative will facilitate lessons, activities, and students reflections throughout a series of afterschool workshops. Maintain a weekly social media campaign to document learnings from the class.
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