The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa's Teen Trust program is a model for youth philanthropy. Each year, a diverse group of students from area high schools allocates $10,000 to 501(c)(3) non-profit agencies in Black Hawk County. Using a grant application system, site visits, and training seminars, the Trustees work as a team to decide which organizations to assist through financial aid or volunteerism. The program began in 1994 and is directed by a local college student.

Teen Trust was created with a vision in mind - to prepare youth to be "trustees of their community." And at the heart of becoming a trustee means finding a way for youth to learn about and also actively practice philanthropy. To that end, the mission by which the Teen Trust program operates is: To provide youth an opportunity to develop philanthropic behaviors, leadership and stewardship skills and volunteer experiences.

Become a Teen Trust Trustee

The application to become a Teen Trust Trustee is now available.

We are seeking Black Hawk County area high school juniors and seniors who are engaged members of their school and community to serve on our Teen Trust Board. If you want to actively participate in making your community a better place and learn how to make an impact where you live, apply today! Applications must be received by Friday, April 19, 2019.

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2018-2019 Trustees

Teen Trust Project Goals

  • Nurture a cohesive, enthusiastic network of youth who are inspired to share their gifts of service with others.
  • Provide a learning environment in which youth are primarily responsible for the allocation of funds to support projects addressing community issues.
  • Promote innovative, practical solutions to community problems through youth as project developers.
  • Entrust youth with legitimate authority to decide and direct the future of their community.
  • Engage youth immediately as community trustees, acknowledging that they are currently active citizens, not just leaders of the future.

Teen Trust Accomplishments

  • Over $230,000 in grants to support local charitable projects since Teen Trust's inception
  • More than 600 local students trained in philanthropy and trusteeship
  • National recognition by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as one of the most important grants they've made in their 75-year history (
  • Countless lives changed

Apply for a Teen Trust Grant