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Youth As Resources

Empowering young people ...

to make a positive difference in Racine County through grant making and community service.  YAR is a United Way education program that provides grants to fund youth-designed, youth-led community service and service learning projects.


  • Provide funding for supplies needed to complete youth-led community service projects
  • Promote youth as capable community contributors who have valuable ideas and are able to take on responsibilities with energy and skill
  • Empower youth to develop and apply their capacity to transform themselves and the world in which they live through active participation in the relationships, events and institutions that impact their lives
  • Foster youth/adult partnerships where adults play a significant role as respectful partners and where both youth and adults share power and decision making
  • Promote the direct involvement of youth in their communities as productive workers, as change agents, and as advocates for themselves and others in organizations and institutions throughout the community
  • Promote in youth the development and acquisition of new knowledge and skills by providing support and challenging opportunities
Apply for a grant

Please contact contact Ana Sanchez at for more information in regards to the grant application and grant deadlines. 

YAR History

The Youth As Resources model was conceived in the mid-1980s by the National Crime Prevention Council with the idea that young people who feel invested in and valued by their community are less likely to commit crimes against their community. Youth As Resources recognizes youth as valuable resources and engages them as partners with adults in bringing about positive community change.
The Youth As Resources model is based on three core principles:
  • Youth-adult partnerships
  • Grantmaking
  • Youth-led service
Youth As Resources began in Racine County in 1996. Original funders include United Way of Racine County, the S.C. Johnson Fund, Racine County, the Racine Community Foundation, and private individuals. Since 1996, Youth As Resources has funded 411 community service projects totaling $278,000.
Since 2007, Youth As Resources has operated as an investment committee of United Way of Racine County. The YAR board’s funding recommendations are approved by United Way of Racine County’s Community Investment Committee. United Way of Racine County provides Youth As Resources with office and meeting space, supplies, support staff, grant dollars, and financial management.

2017-18 YAR Board

Board Officers

John Olson (youth co-chair)
Joey Pucci (youth co-chair)
Shane Smiley (secretary)
YOUTH Board Members

Hannah Callahan
Josiah Callahan
Jonathan Campbell
Ryan Fodor
Nathan Haigh
Ryan Halverson
Paige Kirchmeier
Laney Peterson
Madison Prunty
Elena Pucci
Jacob Romanski
Brian Wakefield
Isaiah Wright
Moya Zaleski


Diane Ruffo
Quinn Stevenson
Courtney Wynia