Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund Announces New Grant Recipients

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The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund announces new grant recipients, Victoria Ostenso and Ellie Youngblood, both representatives of Carleton College Student Farm.

Victoria and Ellie participated in a Sustainable Agriculture Education Conference in Corvallis, OR. Victoria and Ellie are developing a community outreach program through the Carleton Student Farm that involves teaching sustainable agriculture, plant science and cooking to Northfield area youth in the schools and summer programs. They are also working on networking with other food-related groups at Carleton and St. Olaf to fuel initiatives in the greater Northfield community.

The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund’s mission of the fund is to support and develop the capabilities, talents and motivation of young adults in the Northfield community. Ron Griffith was the co-founder of Just Food Co-op who 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 info Organizations and individuals interested in contributing to the Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund are also invited to contact the YMCA.