With a goal of deepening our impact in the communities surrounding Woburn, in December 2020 SCI was awarded a CHNA15 mini-grant to pilot a unique youth initiative. The purpose of the 2021 Youth Grant Pitch Contest is to engage middle and high school age youth groups from Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn in a process of developing community projects which respond to the mental health needs of their peers.
Participating youth groups commit to a month-long learning experience that puts them in the driver’s seat of positive change, while providing the guidance, monetary resources, and social capital needed to make a real impact. After the application deadline of March 12th, 2021, youth groups invited to participate will be paired with a volunteer Proposal Development Coach who will volunteer time to mentor each youth group throughout the 4-week project development phase. The program will culminate in the Pitch Contest virtual event on April 29th, 2021, where a panel of judges will award Grant funds for project implementation to selected groups. SCI will award $4,000 worth of grants to youth-led groups who will have until November 2021 to complete their respective projects.
The goal of the Youth Grant Pitch Contest is to provide youth with the opportunity to decide how to strengthen their community while practicing valuable professional skills such as public speaking, project management, and community organizing. Additionally, this program provides youth the opportunity for social engagement with other like-minded young people in the area and a chance to positively impact other young people in the community!
Interested in learning more, or want to get involved? Contact SCI Program Director, Phil Gordon, at email@example.com, or by phone at 781-608-1499.
This project is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and Winchester Hospital.
SCI is looking to engage adult volunteers for the following opportunities:
- Proposal Development Coach: A working professional with experience in Project Management, Sales, Business, Finance, or Community Development, that is willing & able to commit to at least one (1) hour/week for four (4) weeks, beginning the week of March 15th-19th, 2021. Primary youth coaching needs will be in presentation development and public speaking. The timing of volunteer hours is flexible and will be coordinated between coaches & youth groups with SCI support. Need between 5-10 volunteers.
- Pitch Contest Judge: A working professional with experience in Business, Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management, Mental Health, or Community Development, that is willing & able to commit to attending an extended virtual event (approximately 2 hours) on Wednesday, April 15th, 2021. Need 3-5 volunteers.
Interested in being a volunteer? Please reach out to SCI Program Director, Phil Gordon, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 781-608-1499.