They spent the morning weeding garden plots, building new garden beds, planting flowers and vegetables, filling plots with fresh soil and spreading mulch. Last year, TCGC member, Shane Fogarty, was awarded a grant for this project from TCGC’s annual grant cycle.
TCGC is a student run philanthropy program that gives youth an opportunity to learn about the grant making process, network with nonprofit professionals and socialize with other teens from around the County. The TCGC Board consists of 9th-12th grade students in Gaston County that meet once per month during the school year. After learning more about the process of grants and their impact, the Teen Board accepts grant applications from fellow peers regarding service projects. The teens then evaluate the grant applications and are able to award a total of $5,000 to various projects in the County. As a follow up to awarding the grants, teens will volunteer with the projects awarded to experience their philanthropy on a personal level.
he 2018-2019 TCGC Grant Cycle is now open. The grant is an opportunity for youth across Gaston County to receive up to $1,000 for a youth led service project that will have a positive impact in Gaston County. For more information about the Teens Changing Gaston County Program and to apply for the grant, click here