Igniting the Spark: Greater Worcester Community Foundation

As a way to support the voice of youth in the community and engage donors, the Great Worcester Community Foundation adopted the Youth for Community Involvement (YCI) Program in 1999. YCI provides an opportunity for youth from schools across the area to build skills in leadership and philanthropy. The foundation set up a youth endowment to support the program and contracts with a youth development consultant to run the program. In the past, youth have helped fundraise for this endowments. This next gen case study describes their history of youth engagement, and the strategies they have used to engage youth in the greater Worcester community.