The Youth Collaborative is now a federally-recognized non-profit! The application process went very smoothly, all things considered. For those who don't know, 501(c)(3) is an IRS status that not only grants a non-profit charitable organization exemption from taxes, but many other benefits. Some of those benefits include limited liability for members of the board and the ability to air public service announcements. The primary benefit though is that we are now able to apply for government and private grants. We've been encouraged to dream big, so we do have big ideas in store that would empower our teens to accomplish even more!