Youth Foundation


NEMYF was established in August 2001 to offer 11th and 12th graders in Northeast Mississippi the opportunity to serve on a youth-directed foundation that offers leadership opportunities and the chance to learn about philanthropy and community involvement. The board consists of around 50 students from among the 17 counties that CREATE serves. NEMYF has an endowment fund — money totally raised by the students — that currently stands at more than $100,000!

During the fall semester, students focus some of their energy on fundraising to build the endowment. Then in the spring the fun begins! The students submit grant ideas from their home counties, vote on which grants to fund, organize a press conference, and announce how they spent the earnings from their endowment. In 2003, board members awarded their first grants, totaling almost $1,100. As the endowment fund increases the amount disbursed in grants also increases. In 2014, NEMYF disbursed grants totaling $3,239 to non-profit  organizations in our region.

Other activities include: 

  • Kicking off the year in the Fall with a retreat at Ole Miss Outdoors / Rebel Challenge in Oxford
  • Organizing a Thanksgiving meal or a food drive for families in need in their home counties
  • Organizing a Christmas donation of toys and gifts to local charities that serve children
  • Speaking to high school classes and showing a Youtube video to recruit new members
  • Creating their own logos, t-shirts, and brochures
  • Learning about giving back, helping others, and making a difference
  • Meeting new friends from throughout the region
  • Having a lot of fun!

2013-14 NEMYF Grants

Benton County

Coats For Kids:  Students brought coats to donate. 

Provides coats for needy children and their families during the cold weather months.

Chickasaw County

Chickasaw County Soccer Association:  $462.71
The Chickasaw County Soccer Association operates under the Mississippi Youth Soccer Association and consists of co-ed teams of youth aged 4 to 16 years. The grant money will be used to provide scholarships for under-privileged children to give them a chance to learn to play soccer.

Okolona Community Dollars for Scholars: $462.71

Okolona Dollars for Scholars provides financial resources for Okolona High School students who want to continue their education.

Clay County

Project Homestead of Clay County: $462.71

West Point Food Pantry serves needy families and individuals by providing food and grocery items.

Lee County

Helping Hands Helping Homeless:  $462.71

Helping Hands Helping Homeless assists with helping the homeless get back on their feet. Money could be used for supplying the warehouse, paying first months rent, or paying a bill to prevent a family /individual from becoming homeless.

Pontotoc County

Excel by 5:  $462.71

Excel by 5 is a community certification program that focuses on a community’s young children. It emphasizes the important roles parents and early childhood educators play in the lives of children during their most formative years – birth to age 5

Tippah County

Koon’s Care Free Clinic: $462.71

Treats people that need medical attention that don’t have health insurance. Also, gives clothes to the needy. Money will go towards medical supplies.

Lowndes/Clay/Oktibbeha Counties

Golden Triangle Baptist Association: $462.71

Attention: World Changers

World Changers provides Christian youth and adults with opportunities to serve a community physically and spiritually through practical learning experiences that teach servant hood.



“When the young people in this state realize the opportunities that are here, they will be grateful for what can be accomplished.”  ~George McLean


2015-16 Officers

  • Chair — Madison Mitchell
  • Asst. Chair. — Caroline Wigington
  • Secretary — Jason Rakestraw
  • Asst. Secretary — Reagan Newton
  • Treasurer — Callaghan Basil
  • Asst. Treasurer — Dawson McCord
  • Historian — Meredith McLaurin
  • Asst. Historian — Kallie Roberts