By Youth for Youth Committee (BYFY), a collaborative project of United Way, Dane County Youth Commission, and City of Madison Community Development Division, awarded $38,000 to 19 local youth programs/projects.
By Youth for Youth Committee (BYFY), a collaborative project of United Way, Dane County Youth Commission, and City of Madison Community Development Division, awarded $38,000 to 19 local youth programs/projects.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2014

Teenage leaders from area high schools will reveal the funding decisions of grants to go to benefit local youth lead organizations.

On April 7, the By Youth for Youth Committee (BYFY), a collaborative project of United Way, Dane County Youth Commission, and City of Madison Community Development Division, will award $38,000 to 19 local youth programs/projects. The projects will directly impact over 440 youth and are projected to reach over 2,200 youth and their families in our community by increasing academic achievement, enhancing social and cultural competency, and increasing knowledge of health issues.

“BYFY provides a meaningful leadership and volunteer experience for both youth participating on the BYFY committee, as well as for youth who apply for and implement projects for the organizations they serve, “says Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO of United Way of Dane County.  “Youth develop into future community leaders by learning ways to organize and support their vision for change in the community, enhance their leadership skills, and strengthen youth participation in community volunteerism.”

BYFY’s funding priorities set by the committee are focused on activities that promote healthy relationships, diversity and multiculturalism, education, college prep, career planning, drug and alcohol abuse and tobacco prevention, healthy living, LGTBQ support and awareness, and community outreach, youth leadership and volunteerism.

About By Youth For Youth

By Youth For Youth is a volunteer committee of 20 Dane County high school students that makes investment decisions for youth-led programming in Dane County.  BYFY provides youth the opportunity to identify needs and issues that are important to them and direct funding to those issues. Four sponsors donated the funding for BYFY projects: Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods, United Way of Dane County, City of Madison—Community Development Division, and Dane County Youth Commission.

 BYFY Committee Member Roster 2013-2014

Name School Year in School
Amol Rajesh Memorial Sophomore
Alex Solache West Junior
Ashley Moseberry East Senior
Caitlin Smith East Senior
Daneke Clark East Senior
Edwin Solache West Sophomore
Emma Greenya LaFollette Senior
Flavi Ruth home school Freshman
Frannie Ruth home school Sophomore
Gabriel Saiz West Soph
Gabriella Johansson West Sophomore
Haley Walker West Junior
Hawaou Diallo East Senior
Henry Gaylord East Sophmore
Isaia Ben-Ami East Sophomore
Jen Wagman Verona Sophomore
Kanesha Freiberg LaFollette Senior
Shaneice White LaFollette Senior
Tamaya Schreiber-Poznik West Freshman
Trina Olsen West Junior

 About Our Community’s Agenda for Change

EDUCATION

  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.

 SAFETY

  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.

 HEALTH

  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

 United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

 United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.