The Legacy Youth Alliance, a youth philanthropy program supported by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, is pleased to announce the recipients of their Spring 2020 grant cycle. 12 high school representatives from Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Cardinal, Ottumwa and Pekin school districts determined which grant requests would receive funds. The Legacy Youth Alliance members chose their funding priorities of early childhood, secondary and post-secondary education, and the physical, mental and social health of youth because these are the issues they see their peers facing daily and they are passionate about making a change. The following nonprofit programs were awarded: 

Camp Invention: Ottumwa : Scholarships for 10 low-income students (K-6) to participate in Camp Invention: Ottumwa to be held at Evans Middle School in July.

Eldon Public Library : To improve and expand programming for kids & teens including teen/family game events, STEM/STEAM kits, & summer movie nights

Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts : Project support for 2 events, Fun Day and Cubcicle, at Foster Acres in which older Scouts lead different learning stations for Cub Scouts and other attendees.  

Wapello County 4-H Foundation: 4-H Teen Council : Funding support for the ISU Insect Zoo and the Science Center of Iowa at the WC 4-H Expo providing hands-on learning activities and providing healthy snacks for summer attendees of the YMCA daycare and public

YMCA FSRP Support Program : YMCA partnering with First Resources on the Family Safety, Risk & Permanency program. A 6-months pilot program in which the YMCA will provide a safe space for supervised family visits.

The Legacy Youth Alliance offers two grant funding cycles per calendar year. Any 501(c) 3 Not-for-Profit that is youth-serving or supports youth-led projects may seek funding up to $2,500 through the Legacy Youth Alliance.  The next competitive grant cycle opens September 1, 2020. Please visit our Legacy Youth Alliance page if you would like more information about this program.