Hamilton County Youth as Resources, a program of United Way of Central Indiana, has awarded more than $8,700 to fund community service projects designed and implemented by Hamilton County youth.[imagebrowser id=8]
A kickoff celebration was held on April 12 at the Hamilton County 4-H Grounds to honor area youth volunteers. This year, YAR awarded grants to 12 youth-led projects.
“United Way of Central Indiana is proud to support Hamilton County’s Youth as Resources grants because they have such a positive impact on youth and our community,” said UWCI Director Joan Isaac.
The 2012 grant recipients include:
Chaucie’s Place Team Room Renovation, a project of Boy Scout Troop No. 180, was awarded $970.51 to redesign a room at the new Chaucie’s Place location in Carmel. Scouts will be installing drywall, painting, carpeting and installing windows in an area used by the investigative team who work with children that are victims of neglect and abuse.
Community Micro-Library for the Near East Side, a project of University High School, was awarded $1,000 to build a portable micro-library for use in areas of need around the city. Students will be working on construction of the library structure, as well as asking for book donations for the lending library.
Friends of Hope, a project of the Sheridan High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was awarded $564.53 for activities to spend time with their little buddies as part of a mentoring program for at-risk youth. The group will create tie-dyed T-shirts and enjoy a day together at Cool Creek Park and the Indianapolis Zoo.
Helping Hands for Precious Gifts Daycare, a project of the Carmel High School Advancement Via Individual Determination group, was awarded $727.82 to renovate a room at a nonprofit day care center serving children of low-income families, including victims of domestic abuse and homeless families. The students will paint, build toy boxes, create a blackboard wall and include children at the center in creating a new, inviting space to play and relax.
Information Kiosks at Bray Family Homestead Park, a project of Boy Scout Troop No. 180, was awarded $823.62 to construct cedar kiosks at a new Hamilton County Park. The scouts will construct two information centers complete with cork boards for flyers and boxes for trail maps and brochures.
Lunch Buddies, a project of Teen Leaders in Action, was awarded $329.60 to purchase games, craft materials and activity toys in support of a volunteer program working with the Lunch Bunch program in Sheridan. The youth will visit the Lunch Bunch program, which serves lunches to at-risk children in the summer, and engage in creative, fun activities to provide an enjoyable visit for the children before and after lunch.
Senior Citizen Spring Fling, a project of the CHS Key Club, was awarded $417.68 to purchase items needed for a dance with senior citizens at PrimeLife Enrichment Center. Students will design, plan and decorate for the event and provide food, music and dancing with the seniors in this intergenerational event.
Stopover Education Center, a project of the CHS Youth for a Different Tomorrow Club, was awarded $995.26 for supplies to remodel the basement of Stopover’s transitional living facility, which serves homeless youth. Club members will lead volunteers in cleaning out the basement, painting and assembling new furnishings and decorations for the space. Students will also be conducting a book and game drive at their school to help furnish the new activity room.
Table for Tots, a project of Boy Scout Troop No. 205, was awarded $1,000 for supplies to construct picnic tables to be placed at Habitat for Humanity homes in Hamilton County. Scouts will construct seven picnic tables and provide snacks, pizza and drinks for all volunteers assisting with the project.
The Birdhouse Community Improvement Project, a project of the Freshmen Builders, was awarded $649.46 to purchase supplies for building birdhouses with children in the AYS program. The youth will assemble and paint bird houses with the children while stressing the importance of community service projects and volunteerism. All bird houses will be donated to nonprofits and local parks.
Weather Station, a project of Boy Scout Troop No. 152, was awarded $295 to purchase interface software to update a weather station that will be moved to work more effectively. Scouts will be relocating the weather station and enhancing all components of the unit so it can be used for accurate, effective information in the community.
Wellness Path to Learning, a project of the Hamilton Heights K-Kids Club, was awarded $975.68 to purchase materials to improve and enhance the outdoor learning center at its school. Students will be clearing fallen trees, limbs and trash, adding wood chips to the trails and creating a trail map for visitors to use.
Since its inception in 1996, YAR has awarded 241 projects, engaged 6,724 youth volunteers and awarded more than $206,901.72 in Hamilton County. The next grant cycle will occur in January. For more information, contact Jill Troha at email@example.com or 366-5413.