Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund Announces New Grant Recipient


The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund announces a new grant recipient, Cliff MartinCliff participated in the National People’s Action Leadership Training that took place in Cedar Lake, Indiana in August. National People’s Action is a nationwide activist and organizing group. This grant gave Cliff the opportunity to participate in a week-long training where he learned how to build a team, analyze community problems and create solutions, use tactics to move issues forward and to manage organizations. Cliff will bring what he has learned back to the Northfield community by organizing around issues concerning environmental sustainability, social equity and participatory governance.

The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund’s mission is to support and develop the capabilities, talents and motivation of young adults in the Northfield community. Ron Griffith, the co-founder of Just Food Co-op, was widely recognized for his desire to inspire and train young leaders as a means of building a strong and sustainable Northfield community through collaboration and cooperation. Grants are awarded by the Executive Director of the YMCA upon the recommendation of the Fund’s Grant Committee and are available to the community’s young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 who need help getting their projects off the ground. 

Those with great ideas or projects, but without the funds to bring them to life, should contact the Northfield Area Family YMCA at (507-645-0088 or Organizations and individuals interested in contributing to the Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund are also invited to contact the YMCA.