Youth As Resources


Welcome to Youth As Resources (YAR)


Interested in joining our board? Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information ! 



Youth As Resources (YAR) is a youth-led grantmaking, community organizing and leadership development organization.  We provide the funding (grants), training and support our peers need to develop projects that address our critical issues and make positive change in the community.


Youth As Resources values:

-Youth power and decision making
-Including all communities of color
-Self-empowerment/community control
-Sustainable community change
-Youth leadership
-Nurturing and supporting each other

It’s been over a year since the untimely and tragic death of Freddie Gray; our statement still rings true:


Youth As Resources Statement on the death of Freddie Gray

Approved at the April 30, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting

 Youth As Resources, (YAR) is proud that young people are finding their voices through protest and organizing.  However, we are disappointed that it took the killing of an innocent man, the destruction of property, and armed forces for people to begin praying for our city.  Baltimore youth are not thugs.  In fact, our peers are implementing community building programs that we are funding and supporting.  This includes a group of students who are working with police officers to lessen negative interactions with youth downtown and a group of East Baltimore youth who are running a comprehensive clean-up and beautification campaign. 

How can you call young people thugs? 






Thursday, May 26, 2016

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

10 West Eager Street, 3rd floor

 We look forward to seeing YOU!

RSVP please – (410) 576-9551 or


 We are  inviting you to nominate youth (age 14-22)  whom you feel should be considered for possible election to the Youth As Resources’ Board of Directors. 

As you consider your recommendation(s), please be aware of the following:

Those associated with Youth As Resources grantee and partner organizations are eligible for nomination and are encouraged to apply.   Self-nominations are also welcome.

 Board orientation and training is scheduled in June.  Youth Directors may serve until they are 23 years old.  Adult Directors may serve no more than three consecutive terms.

Directors should be prepared to attend monthly Board meetings, additional grant making activities and participate in at least one Board committee.

Youth As Resources is committed to building a Board that reflects the diversity of the greater Baltimore community and its’ grant making.


Congratulations to the youth who received grants in our Fall 2015 grant cycle!

Check out their amazing work here.