The Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce $10,000 in grants awarded to five local nonprofits to help assist with youth development through our Legacy Youth Alliance. Legacy Youth Alliance is comprised of high school students from the Ottumwa, Cardinal, Eddyville, and Pekin school districts and home-schooled students dedicated to education, volunteerism, and grant-making to develop leadership skills, and improve the 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. Funding priorities of the Legacy Youth Alliance are impactful projects that address literacy, reading proficiency, post-secondary education, and physical, mental, or social wellness.
The organizations and projects funded are:
- Cardinal Youth Foundation calm down kits for the school.
- Latinas Latinos al Exito Inc for expansion of college and career readiness program at Ottumwa High School.
- Ottumwa Public Library Friends Inc to assist with the ongoing Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.
- Ottumwa Community Schools Foundation to assist with a regional National Alliance on Mental Illness Day on the Hill event in partnership with EBF School District, Pekin School District, and Cardinal School District.
- Pekin Community School for STEM robots for students to use.
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 opens January 1st, 2023; To learn more about all of our grant programs available, visit our website, www.ottumwalegacy.org.