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.

TIRRC holding DACA sign

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
$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
$25,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Through tuition assistance, intensive mentoring, networking, and career guidance, ECE is cultivating young leaders of our community through a college degree. ECE currently supports 148 DACA students at 8 Tennessee universities who are ineligible for financial aid, student loans, and in-state tuition rates because of their legal status.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$8,000
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Program Area
conservation
Program Description

To support programming and general operations.

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
$6,000
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Program Area
conservation
Program Description

The Franktown Outdoors program rewards youth interested in wildlife conservation, hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. with opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy all that nature has to offer. This program is rewards based and our inner city youth must meet certain criteria to participate.

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.