Teens Helping Teens – Making a Difference
Have a community service project you need funded? We encourage you to apply for a TeenWorks grant below.
The types of teen groups include the following:
- Schools (Middle, Charter, High Schools)
- Faith Community (Church, Synagogue, CYO)
- Organizations (Boys & Girls Clubs, Youth Groups, Scouts)
The application must be filled out in its entirety, or the form will be returned, and you must re-submit.
To apply for a TeenWorks Grant, fill out the electronic application below or download the PDF application.
TeenWorks Program Application
The fiscal agent is a key part of this application. The TeenWorks Program will only release funds to organizations that are not-for-profit corporations. The fiscal agent will act as a liaison between the TeenWorks Program and you. You should make sure that you contact your fiscal agent to let them know you are applying for this funding.
submitted TEENWORKS PROJECTS MUST:
- Be done in Carbon, Lehigh or Northampton counties.
- Accomplish a task otherwise unattainable by the community it benefits.
- Be planned and implemented by teens.
- Be presented before the TeenWorks Board of Directors.
TeenWorks will only release funds to nonprofit corporations. Please contact the nonprofit to let them know that you are applying for this funding.
presentations will be evaluated on the following:
- Planning process and overall presentation
- Project addresses a demonstrated need in the recipient community
- Ability to work with other groups if necessary
Please note: Primary consideration will be given to inner-city projects and those that serve communities whose needs are greatest. Other projects receive secondary consideration and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
You will receive an email to notify you of your time for the presentation. The presentation will be 5-15 minutes, including additional questions from the Board. The presentation must show collaboration between the teen(s) and the adult leader. The teen(s) must plan on doing the actual presentation. Presenters should bring all necessary visual aids, materials or copies of handouts. We would like to keep one hand out for our records and the rest may be taken with you in order to save on your expenses. Applications are due in the office by the first day of every month. Extensions cannot be granted, but we will hold your application to the next monthly review of applications by the Board. We look forward to working with you on your project.
IMPROVING EASTON’S EDUCATION
After reading an article that 32% of second-grade students in the Easton Area School District read below grade level, National Honor Society member Jack Quinn wanted to help. With the support of TeenWorks funding, Jack purchased six Little Scholar tablets for the Spring Garden Children’s Center in Easton, Pa., for their lower income, at-risk pre-k students.
“[The tablets are] pre-loaded with over 200 educational reading, math and geography applications… [Jack’s team] instructed the children and teachers how to utilize these tablets combining both technology with fun and engaging educational games to keep the children interested.”
STUDENTS SUPPORTING THEIR SCHOOLS
Wescosville Elementary fifth grader Maeve Yanes decided to help her school by building birdhouses for their outdoor classroom program. She created the Wescosville Elementary Construction Owls club and with the help of four other students, they created 13 birdhouses, nest shelves and feeders.
“We could not have completed [this project] without the generosity of people in the Lehigh Valley that donate money to United Way TeenWorks.”
A HELPING HAND IN BETHLEHEM
To help the Sayre Child Care Center in Bethlehem continue its goal of giving low-income families a great educational experience, Eagle Scout Cameron Chuss made minor repairs and updates all throughout the building. In order to afford to keep their education prices low, the center wouldn’t have been able to make these repairs themselves. Just some of these improvements included replacing broken shelving, assembling a child-sized outdoor picnic table for six, painting, creating new enrollment signs and constructing a new garden.
SCOUTING STUDENT HELPS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Gold Award recipient Jeanna Eberhardt wanted to create a safe outdoor learning environment for the children of Sheckler Elementary School. To do this, the Girl Scout constructed benches, fencing and tables for the school’s courtyard, as well as cleaned the area and planted flowers.