SCI Youth Council Mini-Grants Making a Difference in Local Communities

Three of SCI's youth councils are currently in the process of distributing mini-grants for youth-led community service learning projects in local Massachusettes communities! This successful mini-grant program is funded this year by the OneWorld Boston, a Cummings Foundation affiliate. 

SCI provides mini-grants of up to $750 to each youth council and they decide which community projects will be funded based on those who send in applications.

The youth councils are advised by SCI Youth Leadership Coordinators and they instill a community service learning based curriculum with their teen members. The mini-grant program is a great way for the teens on the youth council to learn about the grant-making process and how to affect real change in their communities.

It is also a great opportunity to engage other youth in the community and show them the impact they can make in their community as well as teach them valuable skills such as how to apply for a grant. 

The Woburn Youth Council hosted at the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, and advised by SCI AmeriCorps members Yekaterina Fillippova and Ashley Napear, have already selected the recipients of their mini-grant program as the deadline to apply passed in February.

The Lynn Youth Council (also known as "Part of the Solution") hosted at Girls Inc. of Lynn, and advised by SCI AmeriCorps member Ingrid Olsen, have also already selected the recipients of their mini-grants. The deadline to apply passed in February, but you can read some great news coverage about their program here.

In Chinatown, the Youth Council hosted at the Asian American Civic Association, and advised by SCI AmeriCorps member Devin Young are accepting applications for their mini-grant program until March 16th.

If you know of any youth that would be interested in doing a community service learning project in their community, please contact Devin Young at (617) 426-9492 X205 or They will be accepting applications from any community in Massachusetts. And, don't forget to like the Asian American Civic Association Youth Council on their new Facebook page!

Stay tuned for more details as these mini-grant community projects unfold!