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




2018 NEMYF Grants



Corinth-Alcorn County Special Needs Kids, Inc. – $491.22

DBA Havis’ Kids

Creating lifelong memories for families with special need children by taking a group of children to Disney World.



Excel, Inc. – $491.22

Provides after-school programs and summer programs to area’s children.


Chickasaw County

Families First Resource Center – $491.22

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



The Lafayette County Literacy Council – $491.22

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

Lee County

Kidneyhead – $491.22

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:  $491.22

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

Tippah County

Together for Tippah: $491.22

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

Tishomingo County

Backpack Ministry of Tishomingo County – $491.22

 Provides grocery items for needy students.

Union County

Boys and Girls Club of Union County – $491.22

 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


2019-20 Officers

  • Chair — Kaylee Duke
  • Asst. Chair. — Sara Elizabeth Long
  • Secretary — Trevor Hart
  • Asst. Secretary — Reese Horton
  • Treasurer — Lauren Graff
  • Asst. Treasurer — Sara Pelin Giray
  • Historian — Laura Thompson
  • Asst. Historian — Ellie Myers