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Youth Fund Distribution Committee

Q. What is the YFDC?

United Way of Greater Cleveland coordinates an initiative called the John K. Mott Youth Fund Distribution Committee to engage youth from across the county in our allocation process. YFDC operates out of our Community Impact department, which is where allocations to funded programs are made under the guidance of volunteers. The volunteers of each United Way impact area determine the amount of resources allocated to a specific agency. The United Way impact areas include education, financial stability, health and basic needs.

This allocation occurs only after RFPs (Request for Proposals) have been submitted and reviewed. This year, United Way will move to an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) process. United Way aims to tailor that process for the YFDC to help educate students and enable them to use leadership and critical thinking skills, culminating in grants being awarded to local projects that will improve the lives of young people in Greater Cleveland.

The initiative is historic and has been serving the community since the 1980s. During that time, the youth had annually awarded $50,000 or more to organizations that serve our community, with a focus on youth services. The YFDC has been on hiatus for the last few years, but we have chosen to reinstate it because of the wonderful effects on youth and our community.

The goals of the YFDC are to:

  • Educate the youth members about community problem-solving through the United Way grant allocation process;
  • Provide a challenging opportunity and instill a spirit of volunteerism in our future adult leaders;
  • Empower youth through a meaningful decision-making process;
  • Demonstrate to the community youth’s ability to responsibly distribute funds.

Q. Who is John K. Mott?

Nearly 30 years ago John K. Mott, a former United Way staff member, developed the YFDC initiative which was later named after him. YFDC has grown to become one of the leading youth allocation initiatives in the country.

Q. Why did we restart YFDC?

This initiative was started to promote the philanthropic process to the youth of today. The education component related to YFDC helps students better comprehend the needs of the community.

Q. How do I apply?

Applications are distributed by school counselors, principals or deans. The nomination process is based on the following:

  1. Current academic standing and obligation
  2. Time commitment and management
  3. Student behavior and maturity level
  4. Extracurricular activity

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

High school students in the 11th and 12th grades are eligible to apply. Juniors and seniors are the demographic we aim to work with during the school year.

Q. How do I submit my application?

Applications may be submitted via email by scanning them in. Please write legibly using a pen to solidify print. Applications are to be returned to the YFDC coordinator

Q. When are applications due?

Students need to submit applications on or before October 2, 2017.

Q. How long can students serve as a committee member?

Terms of up to two years is possible with seniors returning who participated during their junior year.

Q. How often does YFDC meet?

Committee members are expected to meet a total of seven times beginning in October and ending in May.

Q. How is social media involved?

We thought you’d never ask! Now more than ever students are encouraged to be “Brand Ambassadors.” This entails the duty of posting and sharing pictures and videos of proper public content or actions.
** An overview will be provided.

Q. Will transportation be provided?

Bus tickets will be provided to students along with a parking voucher.

Q. When and where are meetings held?

Meetings are held at our main office in the theater district of downtown Cleveland
1331 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

  • Oct 18th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Nov 15th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • December N/A
  • Jan 17th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Feb 21st, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Mar 21st, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • April 26th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • May 7th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Q. Who can I contact for additional questions about YFDC?

An’Tuan Williams

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