Low-Income Youth

Supporting youth programs and youth voices

The Maddox Charitable Fund is committed to removing barriers that contribute to intergenerational poverty and  to unlocking opportunities for marginalized youth. We value high impact programs, including long-term mentoring relationships and life-skills programs.  We support movements that promote the voices and courageous leadership of youth.

TIRRC holding DACA sign

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is the Maddox Charitable Fund’s definition of “youth”?

The Charitable Fund’s grants will focus on ages Pre-K (4/5 year olds) through traditional college age.

+ What is the Maddox Charitable Fund’s definition of “low-income”?

The Maddox Charitable Fund supports organizations serving low-income youth.  The Charitable Fund does not have a single definition of socio-economic need.  If applying under this category, please include in the program description the definition of economic need used by the agency as well as how program eligibility is determined (i.e., TANF, Food Stamps, etc.) and documented.

Grantees should document income eligibility for programs supported by the Maddox Charitable Fund.

+ What type of low-income programs is Maddox interested in?

  • After-school programs
  • Positive decision-making programs
  • Youth development programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • Youth fellowship and internship programs
  • Pre-K programs

+ What type of low-income programs is Maddox less interested in?

  • Health, dental and treatment programs for youth
  • Drug treatment programs
  • Counseling /Therapeutic Programs
  • Pregnancy programs
  • Camps and Conferences
  • Infant and toddler programs
  • Arts Programs
  • Museums and historic preservation
  • Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact.

The Charitable Fund will not support:

  • Emergency assistance, including family housing, utilities, food or medical assistance.

Margaret Maddox with youth hockey players

Dan and Margaret intimately knew poverty

Margaret was raised by a single mother and Dan’s father died young, forcing Dan to quit school to help support the family.

Featured youth partners

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$75,000
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Program Area
low-income youth
Program Description

To support programming and general operations.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$50,000
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Program Area
low-income youth
Program Description

The BackPack Program provides healthy, easy-to-prepare food to students who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends. Students are selected by teachers and counselors based on need. They receive a bag of food on Fridays to take home for when they do not have access to school lunches.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$20,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Achievement in the Making (AIM) works with children on literacy, computer skills and math along with basic life skills. This program reaches out to socio-economically needy youth to give them a solid baseline in education for their future. The purpose is to teach them and encourage student self-sufficiency.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

United4Hope brings together faith-based organizations and public schools to see Nashville’s students thrive and our communities transformed by serving in four primary roles: student support, family engagement, staff encouragement, and in-kind contributions. The primary focus is on supporting MNPS Reading and Math Literacy initiatives and social-emotional support programs.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$30,000
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Program Area
low-income youth
Program Description

There are massive changes coming for immigrant youth depending on the passage or failure of the DREAM Act: either permanent protection for an estimated 30,000 immigrant youth in Tennessee or the 9,000 current DACA holders become undocumented. We will support youth in the wake of these announcements.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$8,000
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Program Area
conservation
Program Description

To support programming and general operations.