On the Trust

The Trust on the Development of Youth Communities was established to provide essential investment so that societies may endeavor to seek out children of all ages in need of sustenance, support, and guidance, and collectively do their best to help a wider cross-section of the world’s youth and their communities reach their full potential.

The Trust arose from three sources of inspiration. First, the joy shared by many when seeing children flourish physically, psychologically, and intellectually; and the attendant pain felt by most when encountering those suffering and possibly left to languish. Second, the fundamental desire that political debate, disagreement, and impasses within and across national and international communities not have deleterious effects on their youth.

And third, the continual evidence that youth communities are able to foster and articulate new and productive avenues for the betterment of society, and so should be nurtured for their active contributions to our shared futures. With these ends in mind, the Trust makes a sustained commitment of yearly support for pertinent work with youth in Africa and its global diasporas, in the world’s most underserved, disenfranchised, and marginalized communities, and in a range of interconnected societies.


The Trust’s Finances

The Trust on the Development of Youth Communities was established as part of the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, and is subject to the general fiduciary responsibilities outlined in the Declaration.

These include stipulations that limit appropriated spending in any given year to no more than 5% of the three-year average market value of the Trust’s current principal, with no less than half of such annual spending dedicated to work on continental Africa.

It is also expected that spending be overwhelmingly dedicated to directly benefiting low-income communities and individuals. Such stipulations are in line with best practices to ensure that the Trust continues to exist in perpetuity and that it continues to have assets to carry out its charitable purposes during that time.


The Trust’s Projects (Actual and Proposed)

The Database for Youth Communities

The Report for Youth Communities

The Fellowship for the Development of Youth Communities

The Grant for the Development of Youth Communities

The Newsletter on Developments in Youth Communities