Youth Innovation Fund

Youth Innovation Fund

The Youth Innovation Fund is a national program that seeds youth activism, service learning, youth-led media through civic engagement programs in eight cities across the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., the Fund operates in Ypsilanti, Michigan, San Francisco, California, Portland, Oregon, Portland, Maine, Nashville, Tennessee, Hampton, Virginia, Cleveland, Mississippi and Chicago, Illinois. It is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and supported by the National Service-Learning Partnership.

History

In 2003 the Youth Innovation Fund was funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to help the National Service-Learning Partnership, at the Academy for Educational Development, establish a new development source for "youth-directed civic action". [(nd) [http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=55&CID=275&ProjCID=275&ProjID=102&NID=28&LanguageID=0 "Youth Leaders Prepare Today for Tomorrow’s Challenges."] Kellogg Foundation website article about YIF.] The Youth Innovation Fund's primary purpose is to support youth, working in partnership with community institutions, and to create innovations that address public issues and problems using a service learning framework. [(nd) [http://www.cived.net/wwwboard/messages/Fellowships%20and%20Grants/WKKF%20youth%20innovation%20fund.htm Youth Innovation Fund Announced] . CivicEducation.net]

Eight sites were chosen nationwide to receive grants in Chicago, Cleveland, Mississippi, Hampton, Virginia, Nashville, Portland, Maine, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan. These boards were to consist of diverse youth ages 12-19 that represented the wide variety of races and socio-economic backgrounds of the youth population at the site. [(nd) [http://www.teenedge.com/yip/about.aspx History of the Fund] . Youth Innovation Fund of Nashville. Retrieved 6/17/07.] Each youth board makes strategic mini-grants to youth-directed civic action projects that utilize a service-learning framework. The youth boards also develop impact plans to make create the structures and policies to sustain systemic youth engagement in a city and/or school district. [(nd) [http://www.aed.org/Projects/YouthFund.cfm Youth Innovation Fund details] . Academy for Educational Development. Retrieved 6/17/07.]

References

External links

* [http://www.theyouthfund.org/ Youth Innovation Fund] website.
* [http://www.sfstudentvoice.org/ San Francisco Youth Innovation Fund] website.
* [http://www.ourcommission.org/youth/yifindex3.shtm Portland/Multnomah County Youth Innovation Fund] website.
* [http://www.teenedge.com/yip/default.aspx Nashville Youth Innovation Fund] website.
* [http://www.altinc.org/projects/uth_act/background.htm Hampton, Virginia Youth Innovation Fund] website.


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