The Ithica Journal, Ithica New York
“THE ITHICA JOURNAL”
The Tompkins County Youth Services board is allocating funds to be awarded as Teen Mini-Grants to support teen events or activities planned by young people with support from an adult advisor, youth agency, school, church and/or community organization.
Groups of at least three youth can plan an event and request from $100 to $750 to pay for 75 percent of the cost of a single event or series of events designed by teens for other teens.
I happened to find this while reading the news a couple of days ago, and I wanted to do a post about it then, but I just got busy with other issues.
A lot of communities offer similar services to this. I know the main focus for F4Y seems to be about making money, saving money, etc, but one of the main philosophies of F4Y is to do good.
If you are part of a youth group, or even a group of youth with some burning desire to be involved, you need to look at this. Check with your local government to see if they also offer this kind of funding. If they don’t, find out why.
Young people often get screwed out of this kind of money because they simply don’t ask for it, and some other group does. I’ll give you an example. In my city, an old elementary school was converted to a public park. A group of senior citizens asked for, and got, permission to take most of the old classroom for their own use. Now, there is still a park there, but it has become a senior citizen center. The gym was co-opted, and preference for any event goes to the grey team. Is it fair? No. Let’s face facts: the city council is run by a lot more grey hair than any other color. More of them are more closely identified with AARP than with AYSO.
I’m not trashing the old people here, they simply asked for something. Youth groups should do the same. Get involved in your community. Make it a better place, a place where companies will want to open shops, a place where they will need employees (are you getting the full picture here??), a place where you have a place.
If you have contact information for your community, email me and I’ll put the info up here so your group can easily find out who to talk to about event funding.