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
$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
$60,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

TFA-Nashville is working towards a future when all children have access to an excellent education. We recruit our nation’s most promising leaders through a highly selective admissions process; build a diverse corps of recent college graduates and professionals to teach with a minimum two-year commitment in high-need public schools.

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.

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

SEEDS provides Safe Haven’s (SHFS) youth with a well-rounded and culturally-sensitive experience in the summer. Homeless youth experience problems in health, social development, and education. Summer months present these children additional challenges of boredom and falling behind their housed peers. SEEDS gives these youth the opportunity to thrive.

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

KIPP Through College is a strategic “K-16” partnership with KIPP alumni, families, and community partners. KTC’s mission is preparing KIPPsters for success in high school and college by supporting high school graduation, preparing for college costs, building college knowledge, and supporting the college application process, career exploration and college success.

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

To support professional development for educators of color at DiversifiED 2019.

This grant was made through Conexion Americas, who served as a fiscal agent.