The Call to Action for Schenectady’s Youth

In 2014, The Schenectady Foundation convened several community organizations to form the Call to Action for Schenectady’s Youth, as a community-wide effort to support the success of Schenectady’s under-resourced youth. The coalition identified three primary focus areas around which its work should focus:

1) Youth Employment; 2) Mentoring; 3) Civic Engagement

Requests for grant funding under this category should support projects that address one of these areas with a specific course of action and proposed measureable outcomes.

If you choose to apply under the Call to Action for Schenectady’s Youth, please copy and paste the following questions into the appropriate text box within the application, and type your response.


  1. Which of the three priority areas of the Call to Action does your program support?
  • Youth employment
  • Mentoring
  • Civic engagement
  1. Please select the primary principles that are evidenced in your program. You may choose to highlight up to 3 principles.
  • Advocate for policy changes that result in more equitable access to public resources;
  • Create sustainable employment opportunities that build skills; teach teamwork and responsibility;
  • Emphasize talent development and skill acquisition;
  • Engage youths in service to their community through activism and volunteerism;
  • Help youth to navigate and effectively utilize community resources;
  • Promote youth leadership, offering new avenues to build knowledge, talents, and skills;
  • Stand against systemic racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice;
  • Stand with youths as their allies, advocates, guides, and mentors;
  • Work towards collective impact through collaboration; adoption of common goals and strategies; and
  • Respond to the narrative questions first, and come back to this one so that you can refer back to your detailed plans.


  1. Please describe how each of the selected core principles will be embedded in the organization’s practices.


  1. The Foundation encourages the appropriate involvement of youth leadership in programs that apply through the Call to Action. (Examples of youth leadership involvement might include: youth hires, youth volunteers, youth board members or advisory groups, etc.)

How do you plan to include youths in the implementation of your project? Please identify the opportunities for youths, and indicate the skills and talents they bring to the project. If specific youth leaders are involved, please identify them and describe the reasons for their selection for involvement in the proposed endeavor.