- West Washington High School: Purchase materials to redecorate the special education “calming room"
- Center Cemetery: Restore historic gravestones and gravel
- New Horizon Rehabilitation: Create job training for individuals with mental disabilities
- Black Vulture Project: Fund teen film workshop
- Pure Initiative: Fund Sexual Risk Avoidance Program (SRA) for 8th graders
- Kate’s Kart: Provide books to children in hospital
- Camp Navigate: Provide start-up funds for coffee shop
- Troy Center Alternative School: Purchase Chromebooks
- Faith of a Mustard Seed Ministry: Fund suicide prevention seminar
- Smith-Green Community Schools: Purchase “real care” babies and software
- Beyond Homeless Game Night: Played with child residents of a local homeless shelter
- Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine: Volunteered at this prom for developmentally disabled youth and adults
- Little Phil: Shared with area 4th graders how they can use their time, talent, and treasure to help others
- Cahoots Coffee Café: Co-hosted game nights open to community youth
- Read Across Kosciusko County: Promoted literacy by reading to 2nd grade students
- Ark Animal Rescue Bookstore: Organized and packed books
- Department of Child Services: Provided Christmas present for kids in foster care
- Greenfield Head Start: Provided lunch for the teachers, classroom supplies, and played with students
Hancock County Community Foundation: Had 100% attendance at nine meetings/service projects. Members prepared questions, reviewed applications, and interviewed four finalists for a youth philanthropy award for high school juniors. Later, they presented the award and a $1,000 check to the recipient’s nonprofit of choice.
Scott County Community Foundation: Completed a strategic plan which included sending a survey to youth council alumni. 100% agreed they intend to remain involved in their community after college graduation. 100% said their experience with the youth council gave them a better understanding of the community foundation and nonprofits in the community.
Steuben County Community Foundation: FIST prioritized volunteering outside of its planned service projects this year, requiring members to complete a certain number of hours at a nonprofit of their choice. FIST members became the go-to group for a local nonprofit coffee shop whenever they needed volunteers for community projects.
Dearborn Community Foundation: The youth council wrote pen pal letters to 8th graders of a local school each month. The goal was to help with any questions they may have as they transition into high school.
Kosciusko County Community Foundation: KEYS members review the final reports from grantees to better understand the impact of grantmaking. They are able to see that youth are being given the opportunity to participate in exciting, creative, and hands-on activities they may not have otherwise been able to because the teachers or organization lacked the funds to make it happen. Feedback from teachers regarding Read Across Kosciusko County reports that students have been more motivated to read following KEYS members visiting the classroom.
Legacy Foundation: During an anti-bullying rally that had received funding from one of the youth grants, an 8th grade girl stood up and reflected on how she was bullied when younger and then became a bully herself out of anger. One day, she realized she was hurting others the way she had been hurt and made a commitment to change. The rally prompted her to share her experience with her peers that bullying is not the answer.