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CYF Selects Youth Grant Winners

ZANESVILLE- The Muskingum County Community Youth Foundation (CYF) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Youth Grant Competition. CYF recently awarded a total of $2,000 to three area organizations:

* $750 to Muskingum County Literacy Council—To purchase books and items to promote literacy and school readiness for parents of young children

* $625 to Nashport PTO—To construct a “Learning Wall” within the proposed Outdoor Learning Center

* $625 to West Muskingum Youth League--For construction of new youth baseball fields and installation of new power lines

The Youth Grant Competition allows CYF members to learn about the grantmaking process. CYF members were responsible for raising funds to support the awards before reviewing and selecting grant winners.

CYF is a component of the Muskingum County Community Foundation. It exists to empower youth to make a difference in the community by providing financial and human resources to projects that benefit the youth of Muskingum County. CYF was established with surplus funds from the Muskingum County Community Foundation’s 2000 Groundhog Day Auction. The first meeting was held in January 2001 with 30 area high school freshmen who were designated to serve on the board. Currently, CYF has more than 60 members.

All high school students who live in Muskingum County are eligible to apply for CYF each fall, with preference given to freshmen and sophomores. Once selected, students remain on the board until they graduate by meeting participation requirements. Members typically meet once per month to complete service projects, distribute grants, choose local scholarship winners, and have fun with teambuilding and leadership activities.

If you have any questions about CYF or the Youth Grant Competition, please contact CYF Adviser Juliet Lacy at (740) 453-5192 or jlacy@mccf.org.

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