Youth Mattering

Youth’s perception they are respected, trusted, supported, valued by others, and able to make a difference in their community.

Goals for Projects

We are looking to support projects that address two or more of the following goals:

  • Safety. Youth want to live in a safer community, not just for physical safety but also to be empowered to be themselves.
  • Support, Respect, and Fairness. Youth want to be treated fairly and with respect by adults. Having friendly, supportive, and positive relationships with adults provides the right role models to empower youth.
  • Make a Difference. Youth want to be engaged and make a difference. This may be through providing meaningful opportunities and service-based activities. Meaningful engagement also includes youth involved in decision-making, leadership, and implementing a project.

Youth Matter Grant – Application

Thank you for applying for an AYDC Youth Matter Grant. Please fill out and submit the following Application form. You may be able to save and continue at a later date if needed. The Youth Matter Grant Guide and Program Features are included on the left had column, as well as the goals for projects.

If you have any questions while working on your application, you may email or call Lindsey at lindsey@aydc.org, or 907-562-4184.

Youth Matter Grant Application

Youth Matter grants are specifically intended to support community-based projects to promote health and wellbeing to support youth to matter to their communities. Projects are intended to support youth-led initiatives within the 12-16 year old age range. Funded projects will help to improve the relationships, environment, and experiences for youth.
  • Please share a general description of your organization and your project. Please, include the two or more program features (from Appendix B) you will incorporate into the design of the project and describe how you will do so.
  • AYDC is working to support youth to know they matter to their community through meeting the following goals. Please list the two (or more) goals and describe how you will achieve them: • Safety. Youth want to live in a safer community, not just for physical safety but also to be empowered to be themselves. • Support, Respect, and Fairness. Youth want to be treated fairly and with respect by adults. Having friendly, supportive, and positive relationships with adults provides the right role models to empower youth. • Make a Difference. Youth want to be engaged and make a difference. This may be through providing meaningful opportunities and service-based activities. Meaningful engagement also includes youth involved in decision-making, leadership, and implementing a project.
  • AYDC is aiming to support youth 12-16 years old. Please describe who you hope to reach through your project, including age and other relevant demographics. Please share how the people, outreach, and strategies involved in implementing the project will be sensitive to your target group.
  • Describe what impact you are hoping to make, and how you will know if you are successful.
  • Provide a detailed timeline for your project, including start and end dates? (limit to 100 words)
  • Attach Project Budget: include detail by source, activity, and estimated costs. Please describe any in-kind or community donation support? (such as staff time, volunteers, funds)
  • Do you see any challenges in meeting grant requirements, including collecting youth participant surveys, meeting with AYDC staff, or anything outlined in this guide? If yes, please explain
  • Have you previously partnered with the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition? If yes, in what way?
  • Please upload any additional documents to support your application, including the grant budget. (Maximum file size 8MB)
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