Youth Fund for Social Change

Members of Fighting Youth Shouting out for HumanityIn 2007, Crossroads Fund received a legacy grant from the Girls Best Friend Foundation, supporting the formation of a special grantmaking initiative, which funds youth advocacy and activism projects in the Chicago area. The Youth Fund for Social Change enables us to have a targeted impact on the growing sector of youth organizations in the Chicago area.

Examples of projects we’ve funded through this initiative are:

  • A youth forum in Little Village aimed at preventing violence and promoting peace, that engages more than 1000 youth and 20 community organizations each spring.

  • A peer advocate program for queer youth of color, which gives youth leadership skills while training them in harm-reduction, anti-violence, and anti-oppression practices.

  • A youth group for Korean immigrants who have been involved at the state and national level in the fight for immigrant rights.

Find a list of all Youth Fund for Social Change grantees here.

Join us in helping Chicago’s youth make a difference! Donate now!

To designate your gift to this pooled fund, please type “Youth Fund for Social Change” in the memo section of the online donation form.

Learn more about applying for the Youth Fund for Social Change.