Submitted by Monica Bailey,

ACDC Director

ACDC coordinates a number of workforce programs that connect students with opportunities in their county. In addition to local career awareness, we know that leadership and volunteerism must be cultivated. With this goal in mind, we created the #MakeACBeautiful youth grant program, which awards at least $500 to a beautification project in each of the three school district areas.

Grants for the 2018-2019 school year were awarded to Tarkio FBLA (partnership with Tarkio Renewal on the downtown beautification planter project), Fairfax 6th Grade Guidance Class (paint and plant flowers in multiple areas in Fairfax), Tarkio Parks & Recreation Junior Members (spruce up the crow’s nest at the baseball field).

Applications for 2019-2020 grant projects are due August 31, 2019, with winners announced shortly thereafter. Projects must completed by July 31, 2020.

Successful grant projects:

• Are planned and carried out by youth. Youth 10-17 years old (5th-11th grade) may apply.

• Connect youth with their peers and create an opportunity for leadership. Each team will have at least three students; one will be designated Lead.

• Connect youth with adults. Each group will have an adult partner (community leader/parent/teacher).

• Beautify an area not on school grounds. Project examples might include: landscaping (cleanup of a rundown lot, planting flowers or trees); art (mural on the side of a building, paintings on crosswalks); or something new (recreation, new park features, landmark).

Contact us (acdc@atchisoncounty.org / 660-744-6562) for an application packet!