One of the Foundation’s 2018 Youth Grant Initiative members took it upon herself to raise additional money for one of the grant partners.
Every fall a group of outstanding 7th and 8th graders from around the Portland area gather to award $5,000 in community grants through the Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s Youth Grant Initiative program. Choosing from a list of qualified MAF Community Grant Partners, these young leaders learn valuable lessons as they deliberate thoughtfully with their peers and dive into the world of nonprofit giving.
In 2018, the group awarded Camp UKANDU and Off the Sideline each with a $2,500 grant. One student thought this was a great start, but that she could do more. Allison, an 8th grader from Rachel Carson Middle School, took it upon herself to organize a silent auction to benefit Camp UKANDU. Camp UKANDU is a free week long summer camp for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as their siblings. They provide an environment of understanding and fun so that these kids can still experience the joy of summer camp, relating to other children, and being inspired by the hopes and dreams of their peers.
Allison worked tirelessly and coordinated everything down to the last detail. She collected auction donation items from community members and put together a whole program presentation which included a past CAMP UKANDU attendee, Brenna, who spoke passionately about her camp experience.
The evening raised over $6,600 for Camp UKANDU – more than 2.5 times as much as they originally received through the Youth Grant Initiative program! The goal of the YGI program is to extend the Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s values by leading youth through the process of creating positive change within their communities. Young students have incredible insights into the needs of others and by utilizing kids like Allison, real positive change is occurring in the community.
It’s amazing what one person’s idea can start. Congratulations on a successful event, Allison!
To learn more about our Youth Grant Initiative program and how to apply for the next cohort visit our Youth Grant Initiative page.