Youth Foundation gives back to communities

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Northeast Mississippi Youth Foundation gave, and the nonprofits gave thanks.
NEMYF, a group of high school juniors and seniors from across Northeast Mississippi under the CREATE Foundation, has spent much of the school year raising money to give back to the community. The group built the endowment fund to $90,815.46 by the end of March, and including the grants handed out on Sunday, has donated more than $25,000 to communities.
At the group’s March meeting, the board voted to disperse $2,850 to seven organizations across the area.
“We feed people, and we appreciate this gift. It will help us a lot,” said Jimmy Walker,who’s with the Tippah County Good Samaritan Center. “We are so proud to see young people involved with their community and helping people.”
Angie Treadaway, with the Banah Crisis Pregnancy Center in Pontotoc, encouraged the teens to keep giving.
“If every kid (helps), we can make such a difference in our world,” she said. “You can become a voice for good.”
First Baptist Church Saltillo Food Pantry also received a donation, and the pantry’s Joyce Lee told the group how the pantry worked.
“It is totally funded by the church, and this will help expand it,” she said. “This will go a very long way. I thank all of you.”
Matthew 25 Food Pantry in Benton County, Chickasaw County Soccer Association, First Baptist Church Saltillo Food Pantry, Catch Kids, and Union County/New Albany Excel by 5 also received grants.
“We all nominated nonprofits that were in need, and we just prioritized,” said NEMYF chair Page Rowland. “We tried to target groups that helped kids and youth, since we’re youths.”
NEMYF also donated coats and jackets to Coats for Kids in Benton County.
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com