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
$20,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

This program combines tutoring by certified teachers, innovative academic support software, and weekly one-on-one academic mentoring and intensive case management to ensure high drop-out risk Club members progress on time to the next grade level each year and graduate high school ready for college, trade school, military, or employment.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
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Program Area
low-income youth
Program Description

Our school-based services address the social and emotional barriers to a young person’s success. Our services produce outcomes including increased school attendance and grades, increased youth attachment to school and community, increased individual resilience, and reduced suspensions, expulsions, bullying, violence, delinquency and alcohol and other drug use.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$25,000
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Program Area
low-income youth
Program Description

L.E.A.D underserved girls from lower socioeconomic families and geographic areas participate become Girl Scouts and participate in traditional educational and enjoyable activities. Trained volunteers serve as troop leaders and facilitate valuable instruction and mentoring. Girls complete established curricula and earn badges by experiencing Girl Scout programs and camps.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$35,000
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Program Area
low-income youth
Program Description

Monroe Harding is the only agency in Middle Tennessee that provides a continuum of care for current and former foster youth. We seek to prevent youth from entering care, reunify youth with their birth families when possible, and ensure that youth in/exiting care have resources to lead successful, independent lives.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$50,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Girls Inc. at the YWCA serves 360 at-risk girls through in-school programming, spring break camp, and summer camp. The key objective of Girls Inc. is to equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$15,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Harvest Hands out of school programs exist to provide access to positive mentors, homework assistance, and leadership development training for low-income urban youth in South Nashville. Annually, we serve 100 students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in after school programs (August through May) and summer programs (June through July).