Member Sponsored Briefing: Youth Grantmakers Focus on Economic Mobility

Member Sponsored Briefing: Youth Grantmakers Focus on Economic Mobility

Friday, April 14, 2023, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Youth Grantmakers (YG) is a permanent, youth-led grantmaking body through which private and public youth-serving resources can flow. Baltimore’s Promise serves as the organizational home for this initiative working with local Funders and youth themselves to create a pooled grantmaking model. This intergenerational, grantmaking model has been developed in partnership with older youth from Baltimore City ages 16-24 as the inaugural cohort of YGs. 

According to the Baltimore City Youth Opportunities Landscape, only 9% of youth opportunities are available to youth ages 16-24 who have graduated high school or are not in school or working.  Therefore, in response to the overwhelming need for more opportunities, this first cycle of grantmaking distributed $525,000 in resources to support 10 youth-serving organizations providing economic opportunity and mobility programming for Baltimore City older youth ages 16-24.  

Join this learning session to: 

  • Hear how this strategy is uniquely deploying capital in partnership with young people to provide more economic opportunity supports and services for hundreds of older youth in Baltimore City 
  • Find out how this first set of grantees are contributing to young people’s economic mobility and supporting their continued employment, education and training pathways. 
  • Understand how the strategy is also a local workforce pipeline strategy, providing Baltimore City older youth with asset development in leadership, grantmaking and other transferable skills. 
  • Learn how to do grantmaking in a way that centers youth voice in decision-making. 

This briefing is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and is for MPN members and invited guests only.  Members of the Education and Workforce Development Funders Affinity Group are encouraged to attend.