Teens Changing Gaston County (TCGC)

TCGC is a student run philanthropy program that meets once per month during the school year to learn about the grant making process, network with nonprofit professionals and socialize with other teens from around the County. After learning the process of grants and their impact, the Teen Board is able to judge applications from fellow peers regarding service projects. The teens award a total of $5,000 to various projects in the County. As a follow up to awarding the grants, teens will volunteer with the projects awarded to experience their philanthropy on a personal level. The teen board consists of 9th-12th grade students in Gaston County.

The 2017-2018 Teens Changing Gaston County Board awarded grants to 6 youth-led service projects in Gaston County totaling over $5,000. Click here for the full list: View Grants

What Does TCGC do?

  • Reach out to youth in the community to encourage them to plan a project and apply for money to carry it out.
  • Review the proposed project ideas from youth-led groups.
  • Make decisions as a group about which projects will receive money. 
  • Follow up with and give support to the youth led groups that were funded.
  • Gain important leadership experience and job skills.
  • Meet and work with other teens in Gaston County.


2019-2020 Teens Changing Gaston County Board:

  • Gage Adcock (South Point High School)
  • Gillian Allen (Highland School of Technology)
  • Harlee Austin (Cherryville High School)
  • Aubree Baker (Stuart W. Cramer High School)
  • Brandon Barker (Piedmont Community Charter School)
  • Riley Biddy (Forestview High School)
  • Shamarion Blake (Piedmont Community Charter School)
  • Carson Carr (Forestview High School)
  • Zackary Carr (Forestview High School)
  • Giulia Chitu (Gaston Christian School)
  • Samuel Cook (Highland School of Technology)
  • Connor Corcoran (South Point High School)
  • Anaiah Crawford (Piedmont Community Charter School)
  • Henry Current (Gaston Day School)
  • Jack Current (Gaston Day School)
  • Bob Dang (Ashbrook High School)
  • Destiny Faggart (Stuart W. Cramer High School)
  • Jenna Feduniec (South Point High School)
  • Shane Fogarty (Gaston Early College High School)
  • Edwin Gore (South Point High School)
  • Sean Michael Gore (South Point High School)
  • Richie Gray (South Point High School)
  • Jackson Guntharp (Mountain Island Charter School)
  • Michael Harmon (Forestview High School)
  • Charlotte Harwell (Forestview High School)
  • Ryan Howe (Highland School or Technology)
  • Emma Hughlett (Forestview High School)
  • Mazeline Johnson (Highland School of Technology)
  • Emme Lewandowski (South Point High School)
  • Sanai Lipscomb (Cherryville High School)
  • Rachel Lowry (Ashbrook High School)
  • Sadie Matzke (Highland School of Technology)
  • Jack Mulvey (Cherryville High School)
  • Annabelle Pearson (Highland School of Technology)
  • Chloe Pearson (Gaston Christian School)
  • Stephanie Quiroz (Ashbrook High School)
  • Annie Russell (Highland School of Technology)
  • Emilio Saiz (South Point High School)
  • Elsa Schuls (Forestview High School)
  • Sarah Shiflet (Forestview High School)
  • Clark Styers (Forestview High School)
  • Grant Styers (Forestview High School)
  • Hunter Styers (Forestview High School)
  • Liam Whalen (Forestview High School)
  • Marco Wright (Gaston Day School)

Questions, Comments or Ideas?

Erin Wiggins at or (704) 864-0927


Next Generation Fund

This giving circle allows you to pool your resources with others in the community and put your philanthropic dreams into action.

It's been a wonderful experience to bring such a diverse group all together. TCGC is a gateway for youth to give back to the community if their area and a way to harness our passions through philanthropy."

Kristin Caddick, 2013 TCGC member

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

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




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