YouthBank brings a range of benefits to young people involved, particularly as regards their skills, confidence, personal growth and development.
As decision-makers young people also develop an employability edge by learning to budget, work as a team, assess projects according to guidelines and requirements they have set out, fundraise effectively and communicate their message through various media platforms.
YouthBank projects help young people to engage on a deeper level with their communities by identifying priority projects that will benefit all members of these communities. Inclusivity, fairness and creativity are key.
When YouthBanks are hosted by a larger organisation the latter benefits greatly. YouthBank members raise the organisation’s profile as they promote their own projects. Impressed by the work of YouthBanks, some host organisations have reshaped their own governance structures to increase the participation and input of young people. Host organisations have also reported increases in the links they have with other grant-giving initiatives and local youth and community structures. This has enabled their young people to get involved in local democracy, youth councils, forums etc.
Young people who benefit from YouthBank grants realise that they have the confidence and ability to make effective decisions, improve their local communities and become active citizens.
In a nutshell:
Simple, flexible formula:
Measurable benefits for grant makers:
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