Teens for Tomorrow (T4T)

2015 Teens for Tomorrow Members present a check to participants of Ballet Quad Cities programs at the Rock Island Academy.

Can you be a philanthropist while you're still in high school? We think so.

Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) is a youth philanthropy group for high school students from Rock Island County, Illinois and Scott County, Iowa. These young leaders become philanthropists by learning about community needs, developing a grant opportunity, evaluating applications, making site visits, and awarding grants. Each year, T4T awards a total of $10,000 to nonprofits meeting a variety of needs in the Quad City Area.

T4T meets monthly from September to May to learn about community needs and how to become grantmakers. T4T Board Members develop leadership and communication skills, earn service hours, and get a unique opportunity to make a difference in their community. 

Liz loves having that chance, "Sometimes, when teens feel powerless, we don't take the issues in our own community seriously. Why should we try to help if we don't believe we can make a difference? With T4T, we suddenly assume the responsibility of making an impact."

T4T gives many members their first taste of regional thinking, working cooperatively with their peers from other towns and schools. "The group is a great way to meet other teenagers all while doing something good for the community," says Tabi. "It just so happens that teens are the foundation of the future, which is why T4T is around to help us create a bigger, better, and more active community."

To Learn More:

Everyone -- Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or follow us on Instagram to keep up with T4T. Read this blog post for an inside look at T4T's decision-making process. If you have questions, contact Kelly Thompson at 563-326-2840 or t4t@cfgrb.org

Nonprofits -- Interested in applying for a grant? Visit our T4T grants page for more information.

Teens -- Interested in becoming a T4T Board Member? If you are a high school student in Scott or Rock Island County who is passionate about making your community a better place, you can apply! New T4T Board Members are selected by outgoing Board Members and can serve for up to two years if they reapply for a second term. After that, T4T Board Members can continue to use their skills and knowledge by joining grants committees of the Community Foundation.

The application to become a member of Teens for Tomorrow for the 2018-2019 school year will open in March 2018. Applications are due in May and membership decisions will be announced by the end of June.



2015 T4T Board Members present grant check to King's Harvest to provide healthy food for their meal site.


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