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

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$75,000
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Program Area
wildlife conservation
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

To find messages and messengers that can move individuals who are “conflicted” about immigrant rights to being solidly supportive and inoculated from being pushed in the wrong direction when hit by attacks for anti-immigrant forces.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$45,000
More info
Program Area
wildlife conservation
Program Description

TOYS is a week long outdoor camp that teaches youth about the importance of natural resources and conservation.

Buffalo Ridge Hunter Recruitment Initiative is a unique outreach and educational facility that totals over 1800 acres and incorporates a variety of habitats including a few miles of the buffalo river.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
More info
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
$60,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

TFA-Nashville is working towards a future when all children have access to an excellent education. We recruit our nation’s most promising leaders through a highly selective admissions process; build a diverse corps of recent college graduates and professionals to teach with a minimum two-year commitment in high-need public schools.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$6,000
More info
Program Area
wildlife conservation
Program Description

The Franktown Outdoors program rewards youth interested in wildlife conservation, hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. with opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy all that nature has to offer. This program is rewards based and our inner city youth must meet certain criteria to participate.