Wayne County Community Youth Foundation
The Wayne County Community Youth Foundation (YF) was established in Fall 2012 to provide educational and practical experiences on how community foundations operate for the purpose of getting students engaged in local "structured" philanthropy.
Thanks to the vision and leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley C. Gault, the Donald and Alice Noble Foundation, the Sam Shapiro family, and the Wayne County Community Foundation Board of Trustees, a Youth Foundation fund was created so students can evaluate community needs and make grant recommendations for local non-profit organizations that support Wayne County, Ohio youth.
Youth Foundation students find out how challenging a game of sled hockey is at the Alice Noble Ice Arena, in Wooster, through the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio.
During the school year, students meet monthly on a Sunday, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (only the first meeting in August will be from 2:00-6:00 p.m.), at a non-profit organization to get a better understanding of why the organization exists and how it serves the community.
For the 2016-2017 school year, there are 36 students representing 8 local high schools. Ferenc M. Relle, Jr. is the Youth Foundation Advisor.
The Youth Foundation will meet on the following Sundays for 2016-2017:
August 21, 2016 January 8, 2017
September 18, 2016 February 5, 2017
October 23, 2016 March 12, 2017
November 13, 2016 April 23, 2017
December 11, 2016 May 21, 2017
Last year, some of the local non-profit organizations where the YF met included ABLE, Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, Alice Noble Ice Arena, CAMO, Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, Every Woman’s House/STEPS, Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club, Orrville YMCA, People-to-People Ministries, Poplar Ridge Adventures, Red Cross, Salvation Army, The Village Network, Viola Startzman Clinic, Wayne Center for the Arts, and United Way.
Anyone can donate to the Wayne County Community Youth Foundation Fund through the Wayne County Community Foundation. For more information about the Youth Foundation call 330-262-3877.
If interested in the grant guidelines and application process, see Wayne County Community Youth Foundation Grants.
Accepting Applications for 2017-2018 Participants
The Wayne County Community Youth Foundation is currently accepting applications for student advisors for the 2017-2018 school year. You could be one of these participants!
A select group of Wayne County, Ohio High School students will gain valuable leadership experience, learn more about local charitable giving, understand how investments grow charitable funds, evaluate and recommend grant awards, and meet local philanthropic leaders.
Meetings of the Wayne County Community Youth Foundation (YF) are held one Sunday per month during the school year. Each 3-hour meeting is held at a different youth service provider and includes a light dinner. A typical meeting agenda includes:
- A presentation and tour of the host organization
- An interactive leadership activity
- A learning module about foundation operation
There is no cost to apply, no dues, or expenses except those incurred for transportation to and from meetings and/or field trips.
Local non-profit organizations that have hosted YF meetings are ABLE, Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, Alice Noble Ice Arena, CAMO, Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, Every Woman's House/STEPS (OneEighty), Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club, Orrville and Wooster YMCAs, People-to-People Ministries, Poplar Ridge Adventures, Red Cross, Salvation Army, The Village Network, Viola Startzman Clinic, Wayne Center for the Arts, and United Way.
While the WCCF is unable to provide academic credit for this student initiative, YF will provide a letter of participation and endorsement to those students who need verification of community service to fulfill a community service requirement.
Student advisors will be a self-directed team facilitated by Ferenc M. Relle, Jr., (WCCF past-Executive Director) and some WCCF trustees with additional support from local educational and charitable organizations as needed.
Student advisors shall be selected to participate, based on the below procedures.
- All applicants must be attending a high school located in Wayne County, Ohio and be JUNIORS for the 2017-2018 school year beginning in August 2017 or SENIORS if enrolled at the Wayne County Schools Career Center.
- All applicants must submit a completed application form available below.
Youth Foundation Student Advisor Application Form
- All applicants must include a letter of recommendation from someone other than a relative, preferably someone representing the school, a local government agency, a religious organization, or a charitable organization.
- Application Forms must be received no later than May 15, 2017.
Completed applications are to be submitted by mail or e-mail to:
Ferenc M. Relle Jr., Youth Fund Advisor
Wayne County Community Foundation
517 N. Market Street
Wooster, OH 44691
If you want to help improve the quality of life for local youth by supporting existing or new charitable projects, submit your application before May 15, 2017.
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