Youth in Transition
In 2010, recognizing the unique challenges facing young people transitioning into adulthood, the Foundation awarded its first "Youth in Transition" grant. This grant benefits youth ages 16-24, transitioning out of foster care, juvenile justice systems, social services or youth with disabilities. In 2016, the Foundation shifted its emphasis to fund preventative programs serving students as young as 14 years.
The TeamUp concept was introduced in January 2009, to promote collaboration among nonprofit organizations in order to increase efficiencies in developing services, decrease duplication, and expand resources. The Foundation seeks to fund innovative projects with integrated strategies for meeting needs of youth in a holistic manner. Based on successful outcomes for the project, there are two additional option years of funding at $150,000 annually. Therefore, a TeamUp project funded for three years could yield up to a $450,000 grant award. In some cases, after a successful completion of a third year, additional grants have been awarded.
In 2014, the Foundation also began to collaborate with Montgomery County Middle Schools to support programs that serve vulnerable students.