Youth Nexus

Founded in 1999, Youth Nexus was the first youth philanthropy board in California. Youth philanthropy is the giving of time, talent, or money from youth to youth in the community. Youth Nexus chose its name to represent its meaning: “nexus” signifies a starting point that the council strives to be for youth change and advocacy in the community. Youth Nexus is a group of young people working as a team to represent and empower youth leaders. The council influences other young people to create positive change by funding youth-led community change projects. Since Youth Nexus began as the first youth philanthropy board in Northern California, it has provided opportunities for youth to help make decisions affecting other youth throughout Butte County.

Showcase Board


Youth Nexus has 3 main focuses:

Grant Writing

Youth Nexus funds youth-led projects every year through grant writing. Grants fund your youth-led project,
designed to promote wellness, encourage support, and increase the conversations about mental health!

Community Service

Youth Nexus gives back to the community

Civic Action

Youth Nexus helps change the community’s policies and topics on youth access to alcohol by implementing a yearly civic action project.

To learn more about Youth Nexus or to see how you can get involved, please contact Jenny Castaldo at 530-891-2891 or

Upcoming Meeting:

March 20th, 2023

April 3rd, 2023

April 17th, 2023

May 1st, 2023

May 8th, 2023

Youth Nexus Grant Opportunity


Butte County Youth Nexus funds projects that range between $100-$800. However, the council may consider unique projects that require funding beyond the suggested range.  All applicants will be evaluated based on their written application, presentation** and project idea. 

· Be an environmental prevention project (see “Make a Difference” section)

· May NOT request funding to pay for rent, utilities, scholarships, or travel.

· Turn in Application for project. Send to Or Drop off at 560 Cohasset Road Suite 185 Chico, Ca 95926

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