Be part of something bigger! Apply to become a Teen Trust trustee.
The application to become part of Teen Trust is now open. Any incoming sophomore, junior, or senior who attends high school in Black Hawk County is eligible to apply for the Teen Trust program. Impact your community, make new friends, and gain valuable experiences. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, May 24.
The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's Teen Trust program is a model for youth philanthropy. A diverse group of students from area high schools has $15,000 to grant to 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies serving Black Hawk County. Using a grant application system, site visits, and training seminars, the Trustees work as a team to decide which organizations to assist through financial aid and volunteerism. The program began in 1994 and is led by a student director, a local college student who organizes and guides the students' activities.
Teen Trust was created with a vision in mind -- to prepare youth to be "trustees of their community." At the heart of becoming a trustee means finding a way for youth to learn about and also actively practice philanthropy. To that end, the mission by which the Teen Trust program operates is: To provide youth an opportunity to develop philanthropic behaviors, leadership and stewardship skills, and volunteer experiences.
Teen Trust Project Goals
- Nurture a cohesive, enthusiastic network of youth who are inspired to share their gifts of service with others.
- Provide a learning environment in which youth are primarily responsible for the allocation of funds to support projects addressing community issues.
- Promote innovative, practical solutions to community problems through youth as project developers.
- Entrust youth with legitimate authority to decide and direct the future of their community.
- Engage youth immediately as community trustees, acknowledging that they are currently active citizens, not just leaders of the future.
Teen Trust Accomplishments
- Over $245,000 in grants to support local charitable projects since Teen Trust's inception.
- Nearly 600 local students trained in philanthropy and trusteeship.
- National recognition by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as one of the most important grants they've made in their 75-year history (www.wkkf.org).
- Countless lives changed.