Moving forward, the Perrin Family Foundation is not accepting unsolicited Letters of Inquiry for the Collective Youth Leadership focus area as our funding focus will be on the Youth Led Social Change focus area.  However, if your program embraces an authentic collective youth leadership approach and your program plans to engage in sustained youth organizing work in the near future, please send us an email so we can include your group in future training opportunities.  Email Kelly at  Include contact information and a brief description of your program and the issue that the youth are addressing in their community.


Youth Adult Partnership

Organizations must create opportunities for youth to work in partnership with adults to take on authentic, meaningful decision-making roles in the programs and organizations in which they participate. Youth voices are valued, respected, and acted upon.

Leadership Development Model

Organizations must have a thoughtful and intentional process for developing young people’s leadership capacity. Rather than focusing solely on individual skill-building, the leadership development model should actively work to develop the shared, collective leadership of a group of young people over a sustained period of time, and encourage young people to take an active role in supporting the leadership development of their fellow participants.


Community Impact

Organizations must seek to impact not just individual youth, but a broader community. Organizations should actively work to eliminate the invisible boundaries between nonprofit organizations and the communities in which they exist by encouraging and supporting young people to explore, discuss, investigate and address the realities of their lives, experiences and the communities in which they live.

Grant Program:
Collective Youth Leadership

Thriving youth-adult partnerships permeate the program and the organization:
  • Trained adult mentors and organizational staff consistently engage in meaningful dialogue with young people and integrate authentic youth decision-making opportunities throughout the organization.
  • Youth participate in, plan and/or lead program, organization and community events.
  • Youth and adults work together to define what success looks like. They continually reflect on and evaluate their process.


The organization’s youth leadership development model is well-defined and ensures:

  • Youth practice shared, collective leadership; each youth has a meaningful role and youth actively contribute to each other’s growth.
  • Youth increase and deepen their leadership roles over a sustained period of time.
  • The organization has services, practices or partnerships in place to help address young people’s developmental needs.

The organization seeks to have an impact that extends beyond just the individual youth served:

  • Youth, in partnership with trained adult mentors, identify, explore and investigate issues in their lives and in their community that they would like to address and see changed.
  • Young people are supported in thinking critically about the issues they identify.
  • Young people share their knowledge with their peers and the broader community.
  • The organization networks and collaborates with other groups working on similar issues.

Grant Program:
Youth-Led Social Change

Meets the Collective Youth Leadership criteria AND:
  • Youth determine the organization’s priorities and create the social change agenda.

Meets the Collective Youth Leadership criteria AND:

  • Youth deepen their critical awareness and root cause analysis, including their understanding of the how race, class, gender and power contribute to the institutional or structural inequities present in their lives and communities.
  • Youth discuss and analyze the power dynamics unique to the community in which they live and the issues they seek to address.
  • Youth learn research and organizing skills.

Meets the Collective Youth Leadership criteria AND:

  • Youth, in partnership with trained adult mentors and allies, work towards developing, implementing, and evaluating sustained action and accountability campaigns.
  • Youth leaders build and engage a broader base of youth and community members to help inform their work and decision-making.
  • The organization participates in alliances and coalitions to help create change on the issues youth identify.