Youth Rising – California2018-11-26T14:17:12+00:00

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Program Overview

The Youth Rising mini-grant program is a new partnership with The California Endowment (TCE), a CA-based foundation that specializes in empowering communities that are generating health, people-power, and systems change in California. The program provides $500 – $1000 seed grants to early-stage youth-led (ages 13 to 24) projects aimed at supporting youth visionaries, organizers and dreamers around the State. A youth-powered advisory council will identify and provide startup funding and mentorship to inspiring projects.

Youth Rising launched on September 1, 2016 and since then, we have given away 67 small grants in partnership with The California Endowment.

The Youth Rising Program funds projects led by youth between the ages of 13 to 24 whose project takes place in the State of California.

This process is primarily nomination-based. Our team of outreach work in communities across California to connect with eligible young people they wish to fund. We know they can’t be everywhere, so if there is not an outreach team member working in your community, please fill out this form and one of our outreach team members will connect with you.

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Our seed grants are between $500-$1000.

If you are not already in touch with an Outreach Team member but would like to apply for a seed grant, please fill out this form and one of our outreach team members will connect with you.

Form Request

Applications open in November 2017, and are open until we allocate all the funding. Typically, the earlier you apply, the better your chances are of getting funding.

Projects must be designed and led by youth. We encourage adult mentors, adult partnership, and are committed to young leaders’ development through the visioning and planning process.

Yes, being a grantee provides a lot of opportunity! TPP gives promotional support to all of our grantees. All grants are posted on our website, social media and promoted in the Huffington Post. Grantees who keep us posted with their progress and share news about their project typically receive even more promotion via TPP’s social media channels and also introductions to our donors. We also provide grantee networking opportunities and virtual trainings for our global grantee community.

The California Endowment believes that health is a lot more than what happens in a doctor’s office. Health happens where you live, work, learn and play, and the California Endowment is funding and supporting projects that build healthier communities on all levels, from our homes, to our schools to our law enforcement to our political systems. They have partnered with TPP to ensure that the voices of youth are lifted up and supported in these efforts, knowing that youth are already solving problems, innovating and making positive change in every corner of the state.

We are looking to fund great people and great projects! Youth who are leading projects in their own communities- collaborative art projects, community gardens, education and mentoring programs, anti-bullying projects, projects that serve elderly, homeless populations, animals, environmental clubs, system change advocacy, direct action efforts, and much more. Projects should be early in their lifecycle, and not yet be at a point where there is paid staff or a large organizational infrastructure behind it. Our goal is to support the overall health and wellness of communities across the State by elevating the voices, vision and leadership of our youth.

For more information, check out our Funding Guidelines

Contact our Program Manager, Shabnaz Yousefia, if you have questions that were not answered here. You can do so by filling out this form.

You will be notified as to whether you will receive one of our daily grants within our typical application timeframe (typically within eight weeks of submitting an application). To learn more about the review process, and our current timeline, go here to read more.

Program News

James Green, FixmyKix10 Examples of Youth who Turned their Passions into their Activism

By The Pollination Project, Huffington Post
November, 2018

MSA West — Can’t Break MeCalifornia Youth Pave the Way for Lasting Change

By The Pollination Project, Huffington Post
September, 2018

Augustin Barajas-AmaralProof that Youth Leaders in California Have Heart, Service and Art

By Ari Nessel, Huffington Post
November, 2017

Healing Her Community: Daisy Ozim, Resilient Wellness

By Rani Langer-Croager, UPTIMA Business Bootcamp
July, 2017

How these California Youth are Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By The Pollination Project, Medium
October, 2018

Josh Indar (mentor), Elijah Osborne (youth council), Emily Bateman (mentor) and Hailey ShermanYouth Council Inspiring Homeless Teens, Young Adults

By Ashiah Scharaga, ChicoER
July, 2017

Jasmine StallworthHow Youth in California are Expressing Culture and Truth

By Ari Nessel, Huffington Post
June, 2017

How these 15 Youth-Led Projects are Changing California

By Ari Nessel, Huffington Post
June, 2017


Gerardo Omar Marin
Gerardo Omar MarinDirector
Selene Gonzalez-Carrillo
Selene Gonzalez-CarrilloDirector

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