Youth Foundation

NEMYF Facts

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!

2015-16 NEMYF Grants

Alcorn County

Oasis Medical Center: $441.56

Oasis Medical Center offers free medical care, counseling for women during their pregnancy of four counties in Northeast Mississippi. They have also grown to help with the adoption process, if this is the route the mother choses to take.

Chickasaw County

Houston Free Medical Clinic: $441.56
Helping Hands and Healing Hearts: A free medical clinic one Saturday morning each month that provides medical care for the community.

Clay County

Sally Kate Winters Family Services: $441.56

Sally Kate Winters Family Services offers support to children and families through an effort of preventing child abuse, neglect, and family violence in Clay, Lowndes, and Oktibbeha Counties.

Lafayette County

Lafayette County Literacy Council: $441.56

Our mission is to improve the quality of life in Oxford and Lafayette County through literacy and reading.

Lee County

Kidney Head: $441.56

Kidney Head is a foundation to help children on dialysis and their families. These children deserve a normal childhood. Kidney Head’s mission is to make these kids’ lives a little easier.

Monroe County

Aberdeen Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry: $441.56

Serves needy families and individuals by providing food and grocery items.

Pontotoc County

Pontotoc Food Pantry: $441.56

Provides food for families in need in Pontotoc County.

Union County

First Choice Center for Women: $441.56

First Choice is a safe, confidential, and free pregnancy help medical center offering factual information about all your options so that you can be educated and empowered to make the best decisions for your life.

Tippah County

Together for Tippah: $441.56

We are a non-profit from Tippah County who want to help our community.  We believe we can change the world by starting with Tippah County.

 

 

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

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2016-17 Officers

  • Chair — Dawson McCord
  • Asst. Chair. — Lauren Heath
  • Secretary — Reagan Newton
  • Asst. Secretary — Hailey Hagemann
  • Treasurer — Kennedy Akin
  • Asst. Treasurer — Davis Powell
  • Historian — Gabby Hale
  • Asst. Historian — Sarah Harris