The Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce over $10,800 in grants awarded to local nonprofits to support youth development through our Legacy Youth Alliance. The Legacy Youth Alliance comprises high school students from the Ottumwa, Cardinal, Eddyville, and Pekin school districts, as well as homeschooled students, who are dedicated to education, volunteerism, and grant-making to develop leadership skills and improve communities in Wapello County. All grant proposals submitted to the Legacy Youth Alliance must be for a youth-led project or a youth-serving program. The Legacy Youth Alliance funding priorities are impactful projects that address literacy, reading proficiency, post-secondary education, and physical, mental, or social wellness.
The organizations and projects funded are:
- American Home Finding Association to assist with Truthought Interactive Cognitive Behavioral Curriculum
- Cardinal Youth Foundation to purchase a Sensory Sand Table for their Retreat Room
- Cardinal Youth Foundation for Preschool Level-Up Literacy & STEM Materials
- iJAG Ottumwa for Ottumwa Leads Employer Recognition Luncheon and graduation cords.
- Ottumwa Community Children’s Playhouse to assist with Spring Fling K-5 Dance
- Pekin Community Scholarship Fund for Pekin Photography Club for a camera and ancillary equipment
At the Ottumwa Legacy Foundation, we recognize and embrace the critical role that we can play in the community as a catalyst for positive change. We are doing this by initiating and advancing promising ideas, making grants, convening conversations, promoting collaboration, providing sound information, and celebrating success.
We are always looking to support new and innovative ideas and efforts that can have measurable impacts on the residents and communities in Wapello County. We highly encourage local nonprofits to submit applications to Legacy Youth Alliance for youth-led projects or youth-serving programs. The next Legacy Youth Alliance application cycle runs September 1st through October 31st, 2023.