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 $150,000!

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. 

Other activities include: 

  • Kicking off the year in the Fall with a retreat at Global Outreach in Pontotoc!
  • 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
  • Learning about giving back, helping others, and making a difference
  • Meeting new friends from throughout the region
  • Having a lot of fun!



First American National Bank


Seven Star, Inc.


FL Crane & Sons, Inc.

Thompson’s Welding Services, Inc.

Durlam Endowment Fund




2019 NEMYF Grants


Advocates for Freedom – $525.56

Our Mission:  Advocates For Freedom is dedicated to ending the exploitation, sale and enslavement of men, women, and children.  Through awareness and education, AFF has been leading the way to stop Human Trafficking throughout Mississippi and beyond. We want to inspire you to “look beneath the surface” and help find solutions to end this modern-day form of slavery – one life at a time!



Families First – $525.56

Our Mission is to provide quality educational support services in a family-based and child-friendly environment to promote healthy families and communities.



Families First Resource Center – $525.56

Our Mission is to provide quality educational support services in a family-based and child-friendly environment to promote healthy families and communities.


Food Angels – $525.56

Our Mission is to provide food to students grades K-3 who may not have food to eat at home on the weekends.



The Lafayette County Literacy Council – $525.56

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



4-H – $525.56

Our Mission:  The 4-H Youth program strives to improve the quality of life for Mississippi 4-H’ers by developing the potential of young people and by providing “hands-on” (experiential) educational programs. Program priorities identified include leadership development, life skills training, developing positive self-esteem, and empowering volunteers. Programs are delivered through local county Extension offices to volunteer leaders.


Together for Tippah: $525.56

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


Backpack Ministry of Tishomingo County – $525.56

Provides grocery items for needy students.


Boys and Girls Club of Union County – $525.56

 Our purpose is to provide a safe place for youth to learn and grow. After school and during the summer months, Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County staff engage our members in fun and educational activities that help develop strong morals, leadership abilities, and directly influences their ability to succeed later in life.

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


2020-21 Officers

  • Chair — Sara Elizabeth Long
  • Asst. Chair. — Mark McCarley
  • Secretary — Avery Dowson
  • Asst. Secretary — Kyra Howard
  • Treasurer — Maggie Hardin
  • Asst. Treasurer — Gia Vainisi
  • Historian — Anna Mae Ramsey
  • Asst. Historian — Abigail Maddox