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. A 12-year partnership between the Community Foundation and the Gaston YMCA has established the teen board, consisting 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.

2017-2018 TCGC Board Members 

Shamarion Blake          Charlotte Harwell
Katie Bowyer  Annabelle Pearson
Sally Kate Buckles  Rennie Pearson
Carson Carr  Charlie Schuls
Anaiah Crawford  Elsa Schuls
Quint Crowder  Davis Spencer
Bryson Dellinger  Lauren Schultz
Shane Fogarty  Clark Styers
Cynthia Garcia  Trent Tatum
Edwin Gore  Kristina Vaher
Herman Gore  Hannah Whalen
Richie Gray  Emma Woody
Jackson Harbin  


Questions, Comments or Ideas?

Erin Wiggins at or (704) 864-0927
Des'Tri Martin at or (704) 822-9622

2017-2018 Meeting Dates:

September 19
October 17
November 14
December 19
January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15

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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