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 6 through traditional college age (ages 4-24).

+ What is the Maddox Fund’s definition of marginalized?

The Maddox  Fund supports organizations serving marginalized youth–youth from goups that had been historically oppressed or experienced systemic racism.

The fund also focuses on youth with financial barriers.  If applying under this category, please include in the program description the definition of economic need used by your organization 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 Fund.

+ What type of marginalized youth programs is Maddox interested in?

  • After-school programs
  • Positive decision-making programs
  • Youth development programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • Youth fellowship and internship programs
  • Leadership and civic engagement 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
  • Pre-K 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.
check out our post
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.

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