TCGC Gives Back

Teens Changing Gaston County is a youth-led philanthropy board, consisting of 9th-12th grade students in Gaston County. A partnership between the Gaston Community Foundation and Gaston County Family YMCA established the program thirteen years ago. At their most recent meeting, the Board evaluated grant applications from fellow peers regarding service projects. With funds administered by the Community Foundation, the teens award a total of $4,994 to the following organizations:

1.     Webb Street School – The school has a closet with extra clothes for children who might need a change of clothes during the school day. Harlee Austin will use the funds to restock the closet with important items such as pants, t-shirts, and socks.

2.     Generations of Excellence – Anaiah Crawford will use the funds for the “2Self Love Project.” This will be a one day workshop for middle school girls to learn about self love and embracing natural beauty.

3.     Habitat for Humanity – Shane Fogarty will use the funds to build a small, waterproofed building that will serve as a free library in one of Habitat for Humanity’s community gardens.

4.     Holy Angels – Rich Gray will use the funds to purchase creative art supplies for the residents at Holy Angels.

5.     The Schiele Museum – Annabelle Pearson will use the funds to host STEAM fest at the Schiele Museum. The event is aimed towards elementary school aged kids and will consist of STEAM related activities and crafts as well as a scavenger hunt.

6.     Boy Scouts of America – Foster Rouse will use the funds to create adaptive toys used by the Gaston County Schools Department of Exceptional Children. He will modify the cause and effect toys to be used by special needs children who lack the fine motor skills to operate them.

7.     Alliance for Children and Youth – Students that are in the “Friday Night Lights” program will use the funds to purchase computers. The majority of the students in their program do not have access to computers and internet at home and these computers will allow them to complete SAT prep and other homework while at the program.

8.     Catherine’s House – Kristina Vaher will use the funds to create a children’s reading area at Catherine’s House. The designated area will create a fun and inviting environment for residents children to have unlimited access to books.


As a follow up to awarding grants, the Teens Changing Gaston County board will visit several of the nonprofits that were awarded grant funding to volunteer and experience philanthropy first hand.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 123 Gastonia, NC 28053

Street Address:
1201 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054




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