February 25, 2021
Community Giving Foundation hosted the winter meetings of the Youth in Philanthropy program in a virtual format this week. More than 130 high school students from Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech, Danville, Midd-West, Millville, Northwest, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, and Warrior Run School Districts are participating in the program for the 2020-2021 school year.
During their meeting, students participated in a group volunteer project creating signs to thank frontline workers and promote positive messages across the region. Each group prepared to launch their own competitive grant round which will be open to the public soon. Students reviewed past grant reports, created their grant applications and publicity articles. Guest speakers from the Greater Susquehanna United Way were also featured. The Youth in Philanthropy grant round will open to the public next week, with an application deadline of March 25. To view grant opportunities, visit csgiving.org/grants next week.
Youth in Philanthropy provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and participate in the grant making process. Students gain experience in identifying community needs, running meetings, building consensus, teamwork, nonprofit structure, volunteerism and other topics. The program culminates in a year-end celebration where each team of students share their learning and up to $5,000 in grant investments with their school and community. The program is made possible by generous community donors, businesses, and Foundation Funds. To view program sponsors, visit csgiving.org/youth-in-philanthropy.