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MetroWest Fund for Youth Development

Our Youth Development grants are made by local youth for local youth.

Youth development is an important part of our grantmaking program. We support initiatives that are designed to improve the lives of children and youth in the region. The Foundation is invested in empowering youth to realize their full potential and provides the resources to help make it happen.

Unlike the other three giving areas, the MetroWest Fund for Youth Development grants are reviewed and distributed by our Youth in Philanthropy program participants.

Your contribution to this Fund serves two purposes: it provides support to underserved children in our region and enables local youth to participate in the Youth in Philanthropy program.

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Recent Youth Development Grants:

 Funding will provide food for families in great social and economic need with a specific emphasis on the needs of school age children, through their initiative “Healthy Learners: Feed the Body, Feed the Mind.” 

Funds will support the delivery of critical and successful after school programming to the k-12 youth residing at Barton Road through the Wellesley Housing Authority.

Funding will provide children's bereavement programs based out of their Wellesley office.
Funding will support the Chalk Talk groups for youth in MetroWest, which provide a clinical therapy outlet free of the restrictions of the clinician's office, where youth work towards treatment goals in a sports environment in which they are excited to participate.

Funds will support the recruitment of 3-5 new Teen Speakers from MetroWest who will participate in our Teen Depression Program. 

Funds will provide support to build partnerships with three MetroWest youth organizations and provide Soap for Hope kits to 300 students each month for one year, restoring confidence and dignity to MetroWest youth in need.

Funds will support for general operating to provide programming for 15 special needs children in Wellesley, Natick, Needham, Weston.

Funds will provide summer camp vouchers for children of guests who attend Open Table dinners.

To support their teen grief counseling and support program

 Funding will support special needs training for both teachers and student volunteers to work with students with special needs. 

Funding will support direct programming needs for the Lunch Time Reading Program. 

Funding will provide children from low-income families in Framingham with 12 new books a year from birth to age five to help them develop the skills they will need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Funds will support the Financial Literacy Program works with Rediscovery's at-risk youth to provide the financial skills and understanding necessary for their future success.

Funds will support the Academic Support Services which helps at-risk Framingham high school students successfully move towards graduating high school and attending college 

 Funds will support Rise Above in providing enriching activities and experiences to MetroWest youth experiencing foster care.

Funding will support Save a Dog's Leader for their Teen Volunteer Program, which offers unique opportunities for youth in MetroWest Boston to volunteer at the shelter.

Funds will support the Especially for Me program, through which we serve families with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), hearing loss, or vision impairment, providing free admission and special events and accommodations that make families' museum visits easier and more rewarding.

To sponsor one youth to participate in the Summer Youth Program

Funds will support the Learning Garden programming for youth, including the farm-to-table programs (Little Sprouts, Garden Explorers, Farmer for a Week).

Fund will support youth with a range of disabilities to experience tailored outdoor adventure programs.

 Funding will support 3 children from 2 families living in Natick and Needham for the summer of 2016 to attend a summer camp program that will fit the needs and interests of the child who has experienced the loss of a parent.

The MetroWest Fund for Youth Development 
grant program is by invitation only. 

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