Youth Philanthropy Council


The Youth Philanthropy Council is a program designed by youth for youth with the purpose of providing Alexandria youth the decision-making power and funding to address key youth issues within the community. With input from the City’s Youth Leadership Conference, Summer Youth Work Experience 2021, and key focus groups, the Youth Council was formed with the following goals:

  • Improving the lives of Alexandria residents
  • Empowering students as conveners for partnerships with schools
  • Connecting with youth to promote early engagement with philanthropy and decision-making
  • Creating a leadership development program that fosters personal growth and professional opportunities

Members of the Youth Council will be given the opportunity to design and launch grant programs promoting youth initiatives, build skills in community-organizing and advocacy, network with Alexandria leaders, and make a difference in their community! Due to the effort and time commitment required for this program, members will be provided a personal stipend to compensate them for their work.

Information Session

An information session was offered on September 27 with details on how to apply. You can access the recording and materials below:

Info Session Presentation Slides

View the Recording

How to Apply

In order to apply for the Youth Council, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a High School students in grades 9-11
  • Must either attend school or live in Alexandria
  • Willing to commit to a minimum of one academic year as a Council member​
  • Must have an interest in improving your community!

Those interested in joining can choose either the video or the written submission when applying. Students will be asked five short response questions, which they can either answer in written responses in the online application or respond to in a video. Please note that applicants do not need to have any prior experience and that applications will not be judged based on grammar or punctuation.

  1. Written Format:
    1. To apply, visit: 
    2. Please be sure to answer questions #1-12 briefly. No essays!
  2. Video Format (Note: only mp4 files are accepted):
    1. To apply, visit:
    2. Please complete only questions #1-6 and submit your application.
    3. Upload your video with the responses to questions #7-12 here:

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 1 at 11:59PM. If you have any questions or problems uploading the video, please contact Molly Klein at


Successful Youth Councils

Ann Arbor Community Foundation

Arlington Community Foundation

Bay Area Community Foundation

Dearborn Community Foundation 

Hamilton County Community Foundation

Mason County Community Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation 

Southern Indiana Community Foundation

St. Clair County Community Foundation

Watertown Area Community Foundation


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