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New Youth Grant Program Announced

The Legacy Youth Alliance, a new program of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, has been established to support qualifying 501(c)3 youth-led projects and youth-serving organizations. The Legacy Youth Alliance committee will be comprised of high school students that are dedicated to using education, volunteerism, and grant-making to develop leadership skills, to act as role models, and to improve the communities in Wapello County.

According to Amy Nossaman, coordinator and advisor of the youth committee “The Legacy Youth Alliance gives young people a voice in the issues that affect them now, and the skills to confront the challenges they will face in the future. As a member of the Legacy Youth Alliance, you can make a difference and have fun in the process!”

Anyone in grades 9 through 12 that permanently resides within Wapello County is eligible to apply for a committee position.  The 15 members of the Legacy Youth Alliance will be responsible for developing their grant priorities and then evaluating and awarding grant applications. “This is an opportunity for youth members to learn about the needs and challenges that exist in their communities, develop leadership skills and personally make an impact in the organizations and activities that are important to them,” stated Kelly Genners, VP of Programs and Initiatives.             

The competitive application process is open until February 15th.  Special consideration will be given to age and geographic location to ensure representation from all area high schools as well as well as home school.  Additional information, including committee member application, is available on the Legacy Foundation website, or contact Amy Nossaman at 641.455.5260 or