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
$8,000
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Program Area
wildlife conservation
Program Description

To support programming and general operations.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$25,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

The “Escalera: Taking Steps to Success” College Access & Success Program promotes economic mobility for immigrant and refugee youth by increasing educational attainment and access to information about professional careers. 280 Glencliff, Overton, Cane Ridge, and a 4th high school (TBD) will participate in Early Escalera (9th-10th) and Escalera (11th-12th).

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$75,000
More info
Program Area
marginalized youth
Program Description

To support programming and general operations.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
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Program Area
marginalized youth
Program Description

Our school-based services address the social and emotional barriers to a young person’s success. Our services produce outcomes including increased school attendance and grades, increased youth attachment to school and community, increased individual resilience, and reduced suspensions, expulsions, bullying, violence, delinquency and alcohol and other drug use.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$50,000
More info
Program Area
marginalized youth
Program Description

To support our job-training/employment program for at-risk young adults and to help us increase organizational capacity as we prepare for a major expansion over the next few years that will allow us to significantly increase the number of young people we employ and house.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$25,000
More info
Program Area
marginalized youth
Program Description

L.E.A.D underserved girls from lower socioeconomic families and geographic areas participate become Girl Scouts and participate in traditional educational and enjoyable activities. Trained volunteers serve as troop leaders and facilitate valuable instruction and mentoring. Girls complete established curricula and earn badges by experiencing Girl Scout programs and camps.