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

On April 6, 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 $32,000 to 15 local youth programs/projects. The projects will directly impact over 421 youth and are projected to reach over 3,542 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 education, youth homelessness, cultural awareness, healthy living, LGTBQ+ support and awareness, and community building.

About By Youth For Youth
By Youth For Youth is a volunteer committee of 17 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.

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