Monroe County, NY

Youth As Resources

Youth as Resources (YAR) is a community-based youth philanthropy and youth voice program, funded by the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. The YAR Board provides grants of up to $1000 to young people to design and implement civic engagement activities and service / service learning projects which target social concerns, resolve community issues, and contribute to significant community improvement. YAR is governed by local youth and adults responsible for all of the decisions that accompany the grant making process. To Learn More about YAR, click here.

YAR is looking for new youth and adults to be part of the board

As a youth involved in YAR you will feel a sense of connection, civic responsibility, and self-worth as your own actions create positive change.   YAR youth make important decisions that address community issues that impact the lives of people throughout Monroe County. At YAR we believe that youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today.

As an adult involved in YAR you will build relationships with youth that will make a lasting and positive impact on your life. Become a partner with youth to motivate and encourage the community to be champions for service. Join YAR and be a part of the positive youth development movement in Monroe County.

Click here to apply to join the YAR board!

Listings for Youth As Resources

Who Can Apply For A YAR Grant?

All applying groups must have 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit status OR must be sponsored by a Non-Profit organization.  If you need help connecting with a non-profit to act as your sponsor please contact YAR and we will gladly assist you. Groups that have applied and received funding in the past:

  • Community Youth Groups
  • Organizations
  • Churches
  • Schools

The 2013 Summer Grant Cycle Application is Now Available!

The deadline for the School Year Grant Cycle is October 11th. Apply today to get up to $1,000 for youth-led service or service-learning projects!

Download Grant Application

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YES - Youth Engaged with Service

How can you say no to YES?

YES - YES is a partnership between YAR, Youth Voice One Vision (a program of the City of Rochester Dept. of Recreation and Youth Services), and Nazareth College's Center for Service Learning and the Community Youth Development (CYD) minor.

YES operates under the following...

Vision: youth driven community based service learning
Mission: YAR/YVOV and CYD, as partners, will promote and practice the tenets of quality, youth driven service learning throughout Monroe County

Please feel free to call the YAR office if you have any questions @ 585-753-6953 or email YAR Coordinator, Christina Coury at christinacoury@monroecounty.gov.

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