YLIA Awarding Eight $1,200 Grants throughout Macon County

Applications being accepted thru March 8

Young Leaders in Action Awarding Eight $1,200 Grants throughout Macon County

Macon County, IL: Members of Young Leaders in Action (YLIA) have announced seven separate grant applications for Macon County nonprofit organizations. This year’s re-vamped grant program allows students at each of the schools represented in YLIA to provide grant funding aligning with their individual communities’ missions and goals. At each school, YLIA members have created their own grant application or selected the organizations that will receive up to $1,200.00 in grant funding.

“The grant allocation process this year has been exceptionally thrilling. Every school team delved into their local communities to pinpoint the pressing needs. Witnessing their presentations sparked a heightened enthusiasm to make a difference for those they encounter daily,” said YLIA Program Facilitator Temethia Joyner, “We’re tremendously excited about providing funding to organizations undertaking commendable yet often unrecognized efforts in Macon County.”

The Meridian School District has generously committed to matching the grant amount funded by YLIA in their community. “Young Leaders In Action is a wonderful program. The initiative these students are taking to serve others throughout the community is incredible. The efforts of these students through this program have a direct positive impact on our teachers and students,” said Dr. Shane Gordon, Meridian’s Superintendent.

The following are the missions of each school’s grant team. Click on the school name to access more information about their grant:

Argenta-Oreana High School: Impact A/O community by providing funds focused on aiding food insecurity.

Macarthur High School: Fund projects addressing youth sexual assault prevention, awareness, and advocacy

Maroa-Forsyth High School: Provide grant funding to organizations/programs benefitting the Maroa-Forsyth district’s teachers, staff, and students.

Meridian High School: Provide grant funding to organizations/programs in the school district that will directly benefit students, staff, athletes, and the district as a whole.

Mt. Zion High School: Provide grant money to an organization providing services for youth mental health through - but NOT LIMITED to - sports, counseling, classroom assistance, etc.

St. Teresa High School: Provide supplies to community organizations.

Warrensburg-Latham High School: Grant already awarded to Helping Hands.

Eisenhower High School: Grant recipients already selected - agricultural class program, Scott Davidson grant director.

More information on how to apply can be found at maconcountygives.org/ylia or by contacting Temethia Joyner at tjoyner@maconcountygives.org

Young Leaders In Action (YLIA) is a youth-led initiative of Macon County high school students wanting to make a positive difference in their community. The group is sponsored by The Community Foundation of Macon County and Rotary Club No. 180 of Decatur. To learn more about YLIA’s upcoming community service opportunities, follow the group’s Facebook or Instagram.