uVoice: Youth Philanthropy Board
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CYC is currently seeking high school youth to join the Youth Philanthropy Board. We require a one year commitment for the 2017-2018 school year. If interested, please click on “Fill out our application!” to the right.
Teen Substance Use and Abuse in the Growing Metro of Des Moines
uVoice is a group of up to 15 high school students from Polk County who come together to identify issues facing youth in our community and to combat those issues through grant making and service learning. uVoice members develop a grant application, review applications, and allocate dollars to organizations they believe are combating the issues that face youth in Polk County. While participating in the board, members build new friendships, network with community leaders, develop leadership skills, and gain an understanding of and passion for philanthropy.
During the 2016-2017 school year uVoice members:
- completed a Needs Assessment Survey in which they surveyed 588 high school students about their topic of substance use and abuse among children and teenagers in Polk County.
- created a grant application, focused on substance use and abuse prevention, outreach, and education.
- awarded their grant to Children and Families of Iowa to launch new substance abuse resources and education for students at Bondurant-Farrar Community High School and ArtForce Iowa for their proposed project, codenamed “StarBoy” which is designed to fit within their general programming.
During the 2015-2016 school year uVoice members:
- conducted two forums on youth mental health and suicide prevention, one for youth directly affected by this topic and the other with professionals that directly with youth affected or at risk.
- created a grant application, focused on mental health and suicide prevention, outreach and education.
- awarded grant to Ankeny Mental Health Ministry for its first annual “1 More = 2 Many” Suicide Prevention Symposium in September 2016.
In 2013, with support from the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, CYC proudly convened a Youth Advisory Board focusing on community health issues. The group, comprised of 15 high school students, engaged other youth across the metro area in community health forums and advised the Polk County Health Department, CYC, and other interested partners on health and wellness-related initiatives. In January 2014, this group transitioned to a Youth Philanthropy Board, using the knowledge students gained as members of the Advisory Board to engage youth and adult teams in tackling youth public health issues in our community.