The mission of the Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund is to support and develop the capabilities, talents, and motivation of young adults in the Northfield community who are actively involved in providing leadership in areas contributing to long-term sustainability including local environmental initiatives, healthy food and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and community building.
The fund’s goal is to inspire and train young leaders – as Ron has so often done – to build a strong and sustainable Northfield community through collaboration and cooperation. Funds are raised annually and distributed through a grant application process.
The fund is named in honor of Ron Griffith on the occasion of his retirement from the Just Food Board of Directors to acknowledge his service to the Just Food Co-op and to the Northfield Community. It is hoped that his experience and example will challenge and inspire future generations of leaders.
It is our goal to award funding to a minimum of four young leaders each year, which would cover costs associated with training, leadership development, and unique educational and networking opportunities. Examples of funding include participation in the Rising Stars Seminar, the Technology of Participation training or an intensive Spanish course.
Grants are awarded by the Executive Director of the YMCA upon the recommendation of the Fund’s Grant Committee. Grants recipients will be expected to submit goals and anticipated benefits from all grant-funded opportunities as well as submit a report upon completion of the grant-supported activity.
The Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund, initiated by Just Food: Northfield Community Co-op, Inc., reflects a strong community partnership with the Northfield Area Family YMCA and is supported by a number of local organizations and individuals committed to the development of young leaders in the Northfield community, sustainable agriculture, and environmental initiatives.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Ron Griffith Young Leaders Fund, please complete a pledge card and send to the YMCA.
Northfield Area Family YMCA
519 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057