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Youth Development Volunteer Initiative

The Youth Development Volunteer Initiative represents an opportunity to support youth serving organizations and programs through the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) granted to the Massachusetts Service Alliance by the Corporation for National & Community Service.


Through the VGF grant, MSA awards grants up to $10,000 to provide capacity-building opportunities to nonprofits and Volunteer Connector Organizations* to better engage volunteers in youth development programming by creating, or expanding and replicating promising models. Youth Development Volunteer Initiative funds are available for the 1.) Establishment of a new youth development program within a youth-serving agency that will utilize new or existing volunteers; 2.) Expansion of a current youth development program within a youth-serving agency in order to serve a geographic area not currently served or to increase the number of youth served through the engagement of volunteers; and/or 3.) Creation or enhancement of a youth development program at a Volunteer Connector Organization (VCO)*.


*Volunteer Connector Organizations include agencies that connect individuals with volunteer opportunities and support organizations in effectively using those volunteers to create meaningful change in local communities.

2017-2018 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Grantees:

City of Brockton - Brockton Public Library MakerSpace
Emmaus, Inc.
Falmouth VIPS
Friends of the Children
Girls Inc. of Holyoke
Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.
ROOTS: Northern Berkshire Teen Center
Silver Lining Mentoring
United Way of North Central Massachusetts
United Way of Pioneer Valley


2016-2017 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Grantees:

African Community Education Program
Community United Way of Pioneer Valley
Emmaus Inc.
Girls Inc. of Holyoke
Girls Inc. of Worcester
Mount Wachusett Community College (United Way Youth Venture Program)
Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, YMCA Southcoast
Silver Lining Mentoring


2015-2016 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Grantees:

Boston Cares
Boston Partners in Education
Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster
Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
Girls Inc. of Holyoke
Old Colony Y
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

2014-2015 Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Grantees:

African Community Education Program
Center for Human Development/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
Children's Friend and Family Services
Homework House
House of Peace & Education
L.U.K. Crisis Center
Mass Mentoring Partnership
North Shore Community Development Coalition
The Food Project