Youth Mattering

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

All applications are due Wednesday, May 31 @ 5pm.

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 Grants

Building a Community Where Youth Matter

AYDC’s Youth Matter grants are specifically intended to support community-based projects through promoting health, wellness, and other protective factors to support youth to feel like they matter to their communities. Projects are intended to support youth-led initiatives within the 12-16 year old age range.

Application Deadline: 5pm on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

For details on the grant and how to apply, view our “AYDC Youth Matter Grant Guide

To apply


Creating projects that support Anchorage youth: Your proposal may be service projects, mentorship programs, a series of events or activities, a media campaign, peer-to-peer programs, or more. Be creative and innovative in your approach.

Grant funding limits: A total of $25,000 is available for these Youth Matter Grants. Each project is limited to a maximum of $5,000 and must be focused on addressing two or more goals.

Our Aim: Projects are intended to support youth-led initiatives within the 12-16 year old age range.

If you have questions, please reach out to Lindsey at