On July 1, 2003 Beverly Lazar Davis wrote a letter to friends and family asking for their support in creating a fund to support youth interested in being creative and doing good in their communities. This letter became the foundation for Youth Squared.
In lieu of birthday presents, donations were given to begin Youth Squared. Nearly $7,000.00 was collected!!
Since Beverly’s 50th birthday, 23 grants have been given out to youth in Saratoga County helping youth locally and all around the world.
Many youth have had the opportunity to be a part of the Advisory Council. They have learned about community service and have been an active part of developing the organization of Youth2. Specifically youth have gained skills in the areas of: youth volunteer options, grant application and grant review process, proposal development, website creation, fund raising ideas, collecting community resource information, distribution of volunteer resources, public speaking skills, publicity ideas, inter-agency networking, reading financial statements and net assets, program evaluation and assessment, school social club opportunities, interviewing skills, mailings, youth philanthropy, recognizing and celebrating youth who give, writing press releases and documentation of the impact of social action. We have given out recommendations for youth who serve for college applications, Americorps, participation in government classes and other volunteer service awards.
The advisory council has had two printings of The Book of Good Deeds- Volunteer And Social Action Opportunities In Saratoga County, one in 2005 and one recently in 2010. 1,500 Copies have been distributed to middle and high schools, the county employment and training office and community organizations. These books have helped youth find volunteer work to do in Saratoga county. The contents of The Book of Good Deeds is now available on this website.
Youth2 has participated in the teen volunteer job fairs held at the public library. We have given presentations to the Prevention Council, National Honor Society, Saratoga Mentoring Program, New England Congregational Presbyterian Youth Group, Benef-actions at Skidmore College, The Forum at the Waldorf School, and plan to do a circuit of speaking engagements.
We have developed the annual “Community Giving Fair” which has become an alternative market around holiday giving.
We have created our own t-shirts, which are available for purchase in many colors for $10.00 (Sizes: S, M, L, XL).
We have written many press releases highlighting the projects done by the youth and have invited youth to apply for grants to help during times of disaster (tsunami, hurricane Katrina, etc.)
We participated in sending care packages to children in Iraq.
We have written yearly annual letters summarizing all of our efforts.