Low-Income Youth

Supporting youth programs and youth voices

The Maddox Charitable Fund is committed to removing barriers that contribute to intergenerational poverty and  to unlocking opportunities for marginalized youth. We value high impact programs, including long-term mentoring relationships and life-skills programs.  We support movements that promote the voices and courageous leadership of youth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is the Maddox Charitable Fund’s definition of “youth”?

The Charitable Fund’s grants will focus on ages Pre-K (4/5 year olds) through traditional college age.

+ What is the Maddox Charitable Fund’s definition of “low-income”?

The Maddox Charitable Fund supports organizations serving low-income youth.  The Charitable Fund does not have a single definition of socio-economic need.  If applying under this category, please include in the program description the definition of economic need used by the agency as well as how program eligibility is determined (i.e., TANF, Food Stamps, etc.) and documented.

Grantees should document income eligibility for programs supported by the Maddox Charitable Fund.

+ What type of low-income programs is Maddox interested in?

  • After-school programs
  • Positive decision-making programs
  • Youth development programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • Youth fellowship and internship programs
  • Pre-K programs

+ What type of low-income programs is Maddox less interested in?

  • Health, dental and treatment programs for youth
  • Drug treatment programs
  • Counseling /Therapeutic Programs
  • Pregnancy programs
  • Camps and Conferences
  • Infant and toddler programs
  • Arts Programs
  • Museums and historic preservation
  • Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact.

The Charitable Fund will not support:

  • Emergency assistance, including family housing, utilities, food or medical assistance.

Margaret Maddox with youth hockey players

Dan and Margaret intimately knew poverty

Margaret was raised by a single mother and Dan’s father died young, forcing Dan to quit school to help support the family.

Featured youth partners

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$30,000
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Program Area
conservation
Program Description

TennGreen protects important wildlife habitat using two key strategies: conservation easements on privately-held land and acquisition. On occasion, funding assistance is requested/required by landowners or by public agencies to cover specific costs of this conservation work. TennGreen requests funding to create a Wildlife Habitat Conservation Assistance Fund.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$12,500
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Program Area
education
Program Description

The STEAM Rollers Afterschool & Summer Camp Programs will create hands on enrichment opportunities as students explore the tenets of STEAM via innovative activites, research projects, field learning opportunities and the design/presentation of projects. Both programs will allow for material manipulation and a wide array of experiences across many spectrums.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$75,000
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Program Area
conservation
Program Description

To support programming and general operations.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Both Empowered to F.L.Y. and its summer extension program, Rebuilt to F.L.Y aims to overcome risk factors that lead to a loss of classroom time due to attendance/disciplinary issues and social anxiety. This is achieved through social-emotional development in the form of mentoring, training, parent and community engagement, and advocacy.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$50,000
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Program Area
low-income youth
Program Description

To support our job-training/employment program for at-risk young adults and to help us increase organizational capacity as we prepare for a major expansion over the next few years that will allow us to significantly increase the number of young people we employ and house.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$12,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

The ability to read and write effectively is the bedrock upon which all learning is built. The ENHE Literacy program seeks to bridge the achievement gap among low income students and their wealthier peers by providing year-round literacy support to students and their parents, including an intensive six-week summer program.