Youth Funding is available through a number of corporations, private foundations, and government entities. Many have recognized that youth funding is an investment in everyone’s future because today’s children are not only “the future” they are also a vital part of the present. By providing funding for various youth-led programs opportunities are given to develop the skills young people need for success in adulthood. Not only is youth funding available from many sources, it is available for many purposes.
Organizations often provide youth funding for the purpose of youth action groups. Many of these youth action funds are granted to children with ideas about how to improve their communities through eco-friendly programs. Funding may be granted to a young man who has a vision for turning an empty city lot, filled with debris, into a green-zone filled with playground equipment, or to a group of teens that has a vision of starting a recycling program in their town.
There are many sources for youth funding for various sports related programs. Funding is available for everything from new uniforms, field acquisitions and improvements, to camps to teach sports skills to children. This is a large area of funding for multiple reasons. Two major reasons being the belief that youth sports build leadership skills and teamwork and a belief that developing youth interest in sports will help combat childhood obesity. The latter being a major concern in today’s society.
Other youth funding comes in the form of grants given to organizations that provide services for children. Groups such as faith-based groups operating after school care programs and summer day camps and community oriented non-profit groups operating teen centers might be the recipients of such funding. Without funding many of these groups would not be able to provide the services that keep many of these children off the streets and out of latch-key status. Funding is also provided to groups that operate programs that bring arts and cultural education to children. These programs may be as traditional as ballet classes for inner-city children or as non-traditional as a club that provides an open mic for emerging hip-hop artists.
Additionally, there are youth funding programs that support summer job opportunities for teens. These programs not only put money in the pockets of young adults, but it gives them much more valuable lessons about being part of the work force. It teaches them leadership, teamwork, and cooperation. It provides a great opportunity for young adults to explore areas in which they believe they would want a career. Without youth funding these type programs would not be available and opportunities to enrich the future for everyone, young and old, would be lost.