Grants & Initiatives

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The core of the Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative (AYPI) is a Youth Board of students from area high schools who are committed to making a difference in Arlington.

These teens recruit and mentor peers to develop sustainable ventures that make a positive impact. The AYPI Youth Board makes decisions on grants to fund these youth-initiated projects and works to preserve and grow the Fund for Youth Philanthropy.

Arlington Youth Philanthropy Initiative (AYPI) is offering grants for sustainable, youth-led projects that make a difference in the community.

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Follow us on Instagram: @_aypi

Donate to the Fund for Youth Philanthropy

AYPI was featured at the 28th annual Spirit of Community virtual event. Get a glimpse of the group’s inspiring community-building work in the video below:

Past Projects

What are you passionate about? What drives you? Do you see any problems in the community that you can fix? Past projects combine student passions with challenges facing our community to create lasting solutions: 

The Brief Dive – Podcast series created by a local high schooler that discusses the importance of mental health and provides the unique perspective of a teenager

WL Victory Garden – Established a local garden outside of WL dedicated to growing vegetables to donate to local food banks

SEEK (Science and Engineering Engagement for Kids) – Provides hands-on STEM activities to diverse young students to improve STEM literacy 

Art for Patient Development – Supports the emotional health and well-being of children with chronic illness through the creation of art

Students for Racial Equity – Interviews students about issues of race and discusses findings with teachers; creates a podcast about findings

Monumental Films – Films documentaries on issues of interest to the Arlington Community

Steps for College Success – Conducts workshop for students about the college application process, including a financial aid session

Community Action Team for Teens (CATT) – Provides a clearinghouse matching those who want to do good work in the community with projects that need more person-power

Computers for a Cause – Refurbishes old computers and instructs those less knowledgeable about computers on how to use them

How you can get involved


If you are interested in joining, contact us at

Submit a Preliminary Application

Follow AYPI on Instagram and/or contact AYPI to get updates about the ’24-’25 application period. Students will also be asked to submit a more detailed Action Plan and make a presentation to the Youth Board, following the acceptance of a Preliminary Application. We will work with students to make this process as streamlined as possible and help them to develop and refine their project ideas.

Application Process

1. Preliminary Application – To determine if an organization is eligible to receive funding, a Preliminary Application is filed. The project must be youth-led, sustainable, and impact Arlington (by engaging Arlington students and/or being implemented in Arlington).

2. Action Plan – Once the Youth Board determines the eligibility requirements are met, the applicants will be asked to fill out an Action Plan which provides details about the project’s sustainability (not a one-time event), budget, timeline/plan, etc. Each Project team is asked to select an adult ally and show research about other groups doing similar work in the area.

3. Presentation –The Final stage in the grant process is a Presentation to the Youth Board, where the Board assesses plans to achieve goals, the depth of your venture plan, budget requirements, your enthusiasm, and how you serve as a good role model to others in the community. Since grant money is paid by the Fund for Youth Philanthropy, grantees are requested to provide a non-profit paying agent and a follow up report after 9 months.

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Meet the ’23-’24 board

Chair– Sara Ahmad

Vice Chair– Kamran Ahmad

Outreach Chair – Bronwen Kubaik

Oversight and Management Chair– Gabrielle Cordero

Fundraising and Sustainability Committee Co-Chairs – Hasan Mohamed, Anujin Enkhee

Outreach Committee Chair – Kathryn Boerckel

Board Members:
Nadia Lach Hab
Thea Maloney
Chrissy Gillen

Adult Mentors: Susan Duke and Kirby Clark

Slide 1
An Optometry Officer and a Gentleman
John’s scholarship empowers Arlington students to proudly check “yes” when asked about LGBTQ+ involvement.
“I believe in encouraging leadership at a young age. And having spent 20 wonderful years in Arlington, I want to maintain my connection to it and give back to it.”
Dr. John Whitener
Slide 2
Honoring Braylon’s life and legacy
In the wake of their son’s tragic death, Kris and Rose established three scholarships to reflect Braylon’s greatest passions.
“A lesson that’s come out of this is just how much he touched others’ lives. And if we can lift up three other teenagers each year, then we can do more to sustain his legacy than we could have ever hoped to do.”
Kris Meade
Slide 3
Four Recipients Share Stories and Inspiration
More significant than the awards themselves are the incredible students who have received them. Meet four who shared their stories.
“You are deserving and worthy – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Take this scholarship as an opportunity to do the unimaginable.”
Javier Ernesto Perez
Slide 4
Finding Strength in Challenges
Tony Young was a lifelong disability advocate. After he passed, his wife Kathy Cameron started a scholarship fund in his name. Zoè Davis is the 2022 recipient.
“This scholarship validates my voice – disabled-LGBTQ+ voices – and I hope to pay it forward as I make my way in the world.”
Zoè Davis