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.
Youth Nexus has 3 main focuses:
Grant Writing-Youth Nexus funds youth-led projects every year through grant writing. Grants are funded at Butte County’s annual Summit Conference held at Richardson Springs.
Community Service-Youth Nexus gives back to the community by hosting a yearly holiday toy drive for children that will be in Enloe Hospital for the holiday season. This year, Youth Nexus donated $103 for new toys for Enloe Hospital’s toy room, provided a toy for every child in the pediatric center (plus some!), and provided a holiday card to every person in Enloe Hospital and the Torres Shelter. Youth Nexus is currently implementing our Holiday Card Sale & Toy Drive. To learn more about purchasing a holiday card, or to donate a new toy to a child that will be in the hospital this holiday season, visit here.
Civic Action-Youth Nexus helps change the community’s policies and topics on youth access to alcohol by implementing a yearly civic action project. This year, Youth Nexus collected data on parent attitudes towards youth access to alcohol and knowledge about policies related to alcohol, and implemented Parent Committed, a project that educates parents on the dangers of providing alcohol to youth.
To learn more about Youth Nexus or to see how you can get involved, please contact Allison Hansen at 530-891-2891 or firstname.lastname@example.org