Marginalized Youth

Supporting youth programs and youth voices

The Maddox 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Maddox Fund’s grants will focus on ages Pre-K through traditional college age (ages 4-24).

+ 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 marginalized youth 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.

Marginalized Youth &
the Census

A complete count is important to making sure that Middle Tennesse receives funding needed for ensuring that young people have the opportuntiy to thrive.  Check out some of these facts and learn how you can get involved.

Funding for programs that support young people and families is based on census data.
this includes SNAP, children's health insurance, WIC, Head Start, foster care, and adoption services
The Census is available in 59 different languages.
the census bureau can also provide assistance with multiple languages over the phone
Children ages 0-5 are one of the most undercounted demographics.
Find out how to get involved.
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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
$12,500
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Program Area
education
Program Description

The STEAM Rollers Afterschool & Summer Camp Programs will create hands on enrichment opportunities as students explore the tenets of STEAM via innovative activites, research projects, field learning opportunities and the design/presentation of projects. Both programs will allow for material manipulation and a wide array of experiences across many spectrums.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$15,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Nations Academy provides targeted literacy interventions and homework assistance 4 days a week for socio-economically needy youth who are learning English as a second or other language. Nations Academy also provides an intensive summer reading program and enrichment experiences.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$40,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

To support programming and general operations.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$15,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

St. Luke’s Youth Education Program educates, empowers and equips 105 pre-K-8th graders with the education and skills they need to be successful. Through partnership with Preston Taylor Ministries and an emphasis on literacy and social and emotional learning, St. Luke’s provides quality care and education opportunities for Nashville students.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$50,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Girls Inc. at the YWCA serves 360 at-risk girls through in-school programming, spring break camp, and summer camp. The key objective of Girls Inc. is to equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

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

For more than five decades, KDCDC has offered an excellent and affordable pre-Kindergarten program to families in our community who need it most – the ‘working poor’. Our staff works hard to ensure each child has the academic and social/emotional readiness skills they need for success in school and beyond.