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Applications for the Youth Make a Difference Program Now Open

January 11, 2022
Opal, the apple the gives back, invites youth led organizations to apply for this year’s grant

YAKIMA, WA, January 11, 2022 – FirstFruits Marketing, the exclusive marketer of the Opal apples, is excited to offer youth-led organizations around the country an opportunity to apply for the Youth Make a Difference grant. The grant offers a chance for young leaders to accelerate their nonprofit growth.

“Everyone at FirstFruits is ecstatic to be offering this grant program for another year,” says program coordinator Emily Autrey, “Opal takes pride in giving back to the communities we serve across the country each year.”

Applications for the Youth Make a Difference Grant are now live, and submissions are due by Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST. Youth nonprofit leaders will need to complete a brief application that includes a story about their mission to be eligible for the scholarship.

For more information on criteria and to apply, visit the Youth Make a Difference website at For questions about the application process, please email

About FirstFruits Marketing

FirstFruits Marketing is dedicated to growing the highest quality apples and cherries in the industry. We grow over 10 varieties of apples and cherries spread across 10,000 acres in Eastern Washington. We are unique in the industry because our fruit is grown, stored, and packed at the same location—a practice unmatched in our industry giving us greater control over the quality and safety of our products. For more information on FirstFruits Marketing visit