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YES! Fund Grant Program

The Youth Empowerment for Success (YES!) Fund Grants Program accepts applications for programs that offer positive, accessible activities outside school hours for Manhattan area youth. Proposals should be coordinated with USD 383. All grant recipients must be exempt from federal tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a qualified government entity. A preference will be given to agencies that have professional staff administering the grant.

The YES! Fund advisory board is open to any proposal offering constructive activities for youth during unsupervised hours, but where possible will show a preference to proposals that meet the following:
  • Make use of KSU College of Education volunteers.
  • Take place in the afternoon after-school period (3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Emphasize mentoring.
  • Include transportation for participants or are sited at the school itself.
  • Include family participation with the students.
  • Reach youth not involved in other activities.
  • Reach the maximum number of youth for the dollars requested.
  • At least one-half of the population served by YES! Fund monies should be low-income populations.
  • Include provision for youth who cannot pay fees or provide equipment required by the program.
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Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. Bigs in Education $12,500.00
Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan, Inc. Before and After School and Summer Programs $77,500.00
Friends of Sunset Zoo, Inc. Z.O.O. Crew (Zoological Occupation Orientation) $6,000.00
Little Apple Youth Soccer Club, Inc. LASC Scholarships $4,000.00
Manhattan Arts Center Arts Alive $6,000.00
Manhattan Cross Country Club Body First School Fitness Challenge $4,000.00
Manhattan Optimist Foundation, Inc. General Support $8,500.00
Manhattan-Ogden Public School Foundation After school programs $56,300.00
Mid-West Educational Center, Inc. After School Hooked on Clubs & Discovery Days $21,000.00
Pawnee Mental Health Services, Inc. Integrated Community Enhancement $7,500.00
Total YES! Fund   $203,300.00

Total Grants Given in 2014 


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