Initiative: Youth Development

The Foundation currently focuses its discretionary grantmaking on youth development, through our Community Impact Fund annual competitive grants cycle. In 2018, we expanded our focus to reflect a two-generational approach and invited proposals from organizations serving at-risk youth and/or their caregivers. 

The Youth Development Initiative was driven by a 2015 community needs assessment which encompassed several exercises in data collection and analysis.  Over a period of months, considerable secondary data from Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties were reviewed and three Focus Groups were convened.  The Focus Groups sought to include representation from all three counties; unfortunately, none of the participants were from Camden County.  As such, the qualitative perspectives represent primarily those of Glynn and McIntosh residents.

While recognizing the limitations of the qualitative data, the needs assessment provides useful insights and several priorities and themes emerge:

 2015 Needs Assessment Report

This Needs Assessment continues to guide the Foundation's discretionary grantmaking.