$1.4 million grant to help kids become leaders given to YouthBuild USA
April 24, 2013
As foreboding as it might seem to adults now, the young kids of America will soon enough be this nation's leaders. As such, we all need to do everything we can to make sure they're provided with lucrative opportunities for growth and to hone their leadership skills. Nonprofits are taking the helm on this initiative, especially in Sacramento, California.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently gave a $14 million grant to the city's YouthBuild USA to help 300 students from low-income families take part in the group's development program, which will also expand YouthBuild to other states. The nonprofit was formed with the goal of transforming young Americans into advocates for local and state policies that are near and dear to their hearts and get them more involved in the political process.
"This grant will enable us to develop leaders in the 26 YouthBuild programs across the state and to leverage state and national funding as we develop more than 300 potential leaders in our communities," California YouthBuild Coalition president Bob Hennessy explained.
The Knight Foundation has been involved in various philanthropic projects for many years. The group has three main focus areas - journalism and media innovation, engaged communities and arts initiatives.
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