About the Youth Leadership Program

The Pollination Project, in partnership with the Fox Family Foundation, offers seed grants for projects that nurture the compassionate, visionary leadership of our nation’s youth. We believe that through empowering youth at the grassroots-level, we become part of a connected network of committed changemakers from which possibilities arise for the creation of new ways of thinking, doing, and being which may lead to long-lasting and significant change in the world.

Program Objectives

Support Youth

Support individuals and small organizations that work to empower and strengthen today’s and tomorrow’s youth

Nurture Relationships

Nurture relationships between grantees through the support of TPP team leaders and regional events, such as leadership trainings, service projects, and cross-cultural experiences

Provide Infrastructure

Provide the infrastructure within which people who support youth can feel resourced, successful, capable, and competent as they work toward the common goal of community-building

What Can $1,000 Do in the Youth Leadership Program?

Here are some examples:


Number of days of a retreat that aims to empower South Asian youth to grow as change makers in Chicago


Aditi Singh
Project: Chicago Desi Youth Rising

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Number of community engagement sessions conducted in youth-led project on increasing the amount of healthy, vegetarian food being offered in underserved communities in North Carolina


Chester Williams
Project: ABC2 World Changers Community Farm of Hope, Prosperity & Change

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Number of teens with incarcerated or deported parents chosen each summer to participate in a paid eight-week internship to learn about community organizing and social change work


Kandace Vallejo
Project: Youth Rise Texas

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Tisha M Bernard

“The Pollination Project grant has allowed my vision to bring resources to youth and families dealing with bullying and mistreatment to life. The TPP grant encouraged me to see that other people believed in my dream as well and that I was on the right path. It gave me the boost and drive to follow the passion in my heart to bring life changing and life saving tools and techniques to youth and families.”

— Tisha Marina-Bernard, I Choose Peace, Los Angeles, USA

How To Apply For A Grant In This Program

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