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Fund for Santa Barbara Youth Making Change (YMC)

Organization Mission

Youth Making ChangeYouth Making Change (YMC) is a teen-led grant-making program providing young people<a href="http://www.facebook.com/YouthMakingChange&quot; rel="nofollow"></a> with the opportunity to engage directly in organized philanthropy (giving grants). Each YMC Board (one meets in Santa Maria and one meets in Santa Barbara) gives out $15,000 in grants to projects led by youth that impact young people inSanta Barbara County. YMC board members are teens ages 13-19. They 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. Each YMC board is led by two Youth Facilitators who are previous YMC board members. Facilitators assist the board in meeting its objectives; as well as provide an experienced youth perspective on the grant-making process. Since 2008, YMC has awarded $187,500 to 104 youth-led groups throughout Santa Barbara County. Youth Making Change is a program of the Fund for Santa Barbara, inspired by the Santa Barbara Foundation's Katherine Harvey Fellows Class of 2006-2007.

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Animal Related, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Bilingual, Crime & Legal Related, Education, Environment, Families, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Health, International & Foreign Affairs, Philanthropy & Grantmaking Foundations, Women, Youth Development

Organization Executive Director/Lead Staff Name

Gemma Garcia

Organization Geographic Focus

Santa Barbara County – All

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