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
$15,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

In Edgehill, poverty and crime can be daily experiences. When a parent’s addiction, incarceration or health problems impede girl’s school and life success, ENP’s “The Spot” becomes a community of trust. As a Promise Zone leader, ENP proposes to expand The Spot as a model for neighborhoods addressing similar problems.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$25,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

The “Escalera: Taking Steps to Success” College Access & Success Program promotes economic mobility for immigrant and refugee youth by increasing educational attainment and access to information about professional careers. 280 Glencliff, Overton, Cane Ridge, and a 4th high school (TBD) will participate in Early Escalera (9th-10th) and Escalera (11th-12th).

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$30,000
More info
Program Area
low-income youth
Program Description

There are massive changes coming for immigrant youth depending on the passage or failure of the DREAM Act: either permanent protection for an estimated 30,000 immigrant youth in Tennessee or the 9,000 current DACA holders become undocumented. We will support youth in the wake of these announcements.

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

The Stars of Bethlehem Program is a comprehensive year-round program for North Nashville children and youth in Kindergarten -8th Grade. The program provides a safe, supervised environment for these at-risk youth, providing academic tutoring and enrichment to ensure educational success, mentoring to ensure social success and health and fitness.

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

Lipscomb’s Pionero Scholars is an academic scholarship and outreach program that is a “grow your own” teacher pipeline for MNPS graduates. Six students are selected each year, with preference given to those from underrepresented backgrounds. We are selecting our third cohort this spring, with 12 students currently enrolled at Lipscomb.

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

St. Luke’s Youth Education Program educates, empowers and equips 105 pre-K-8th graders with the education and skills they need to be successful. Through partnership with Preston Taylor Ministries and an emphasis on literacy and social and emotional learning, St. Luke’s provides quality care and education opportunities for Nashville students.