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
$25,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Friends Learning in Pairs (FLIP) matches adults age 55+ with struggling students in grades k-4 for one-on-one tutoring intervention in math and reading. FLIP operates in 30 schools in Williamson and Davidson Counties. FLIP is a volunteer placement within FiftyForward’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

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

Project Transformation’s afterschool literacy development program connects the potential of children with the mentorship of college-age young adults. Components of the program include activity-based literacy intervention, homework assistance, nutrition education, and healthy decision-making. Programs will be offered in three strategic low-income Nashville neighborhoods, serving 25 elementary students each.

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

Scoutreach programs are the Council’s outreach efforts to extend life-skills training and values based education to low-income youth from mostly single family homes and lacking adult guidance, hence needing Scouting’s benefit and values the most. Scoutreach programs improve the lives of the youth who are subject to economic hardships.

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
$57,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

CISTN embeds dedicated Site Coordinators inside Metro Nashville Public Schools to identify students who are chronically absent; establish strategic plans for the school and students; and broker needed services. Whether it’s empowering families, counseling or providing food, CISTN Site Coordinators surround low-income youth students with a community of support.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$25,000
More info
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).