March 1, 2022
Students from Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Danville, Midd-West, Millville, Northwest, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, and Warrior Run High Schools are serving as youth grantmakers through the Community Giving Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program. More than 130 students participate in the program and each school’s group has the responsibility of granting up to $5,000 to youth-related projects.
Youth philanthropy can make philanthropic values, principles and traditions come alive for young people and communities. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful engagement in the workings of the Foundation and to encourage interest and understanding of philanthropy. In addition, the students will provide valuable input on the needs of youth and a new perspective that is helpful to the Foundation. Throughout the school year, students develop a set of funding priorities determined through needs assessment surveys that they conducted in their schools and communities. Students use the information collected to review and vote on the grant applications.
Grant applications must be completed and submitted through a web-based program. Each school group has their own service area, funding priority areas, and application. More details are provided below. Applicants may apply to more than one school. To access the application process, select “Grant Site Login” here. Grant requests must be submitted online by 11:59pm on March 23, 2022. For grant-related questions, please contact Christine Orlando, Senior Program Officer, at 570-752-3930 ext. 2 or [email protected].
Funding Priority Areas
BENTON AREA HIGH SCHOOL
Benton’s Youth in Philanthropy program has been given $5,000 from the Community Giving Foundation: Berwick. We will be accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and selecting recipients based on who will provide support for our community based on our needs assessment results. The needs assessment that was conducted in Benton Area School District’s grades seventh through twelfth has indicated programs supporting students struggling with mental/physical/social health, able to enhance community pride or benefit, and problems involving poverty.
BERWICK AREA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
The members of Berwick’s Youth in Philanthropy are looking for ways to help better our community by distributing grants to interested organizations. According to our peers, the top priorities for the youth in our community are mental health resources, stress reduction, and increased motivation for school and extracurricular activities. If your group can contribute to these needs, please consider applying for our grant.
CENTRAL COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
Central Columbia has $5,000 in our grant round to award for the 2021-2022 year. Our school’s top 3 needs are student involvement/inclusion, mental health, and academic support for students. Our group is very honored to be able to award this money and see it better our community. We thank all that show interest and apply.
DANVILLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL
As Danville’s Youth in Philanthropy group, every year we do our best to reach the needs of our community. We have $5,000 to award to nonprofits. Based on our needs assessments we are looking for non-profits that target improving mental health, boredom, substance abuse, as well as non-profits that address the overall well-being of the community. We would also like to support programs that target the youth of our community.
MIDD-WEST HIGH SCHOOL
The Midd-West Area Youth in Philanthropy program has $5,000.00 in grant money to appropriate to worthy nonprofit organizations in the community. Students in the Midd-West program have identified needs in our community to focus grant awards. These focus needs are ways to help children in need, food banks, and animal shelters. Organizations that can provide services targeting the focus needs are encouraged to apply.
MILLVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
The Millville Youth in Philanthropy group seeks to improve our school and community by granting money to organizations aiming to benefit our youth. Your program is encouraged to apply if committed to addressing youth issues, including but not limited to substance abuse help, mental health improvement, and social involvement. The Millville group has $5,000 to distribute back into the community. All grant requests must support services provided to youth residing in the Millville School District. Thank you for supporting the Millville community.
NORTHWEST AREA HIGH SCHOOL
The Northwest Area Youth in Philanthropy group is pleased to announce that we will be awarding $5,000 in grants to non-profit organizations or members of the Northwest community for 2022. This project is sponsored by the Community Giving Foundation: Berwick. We have completed an assessment regarding the needs of students from Northwest Area High School. As a group, we are seeking proposals that will positively respond to the following, equally important needs: Mental Health Issues/Low Self Esteem, Poor Sleeping/Eating Habits, and LGBTQIA /Diversity Acceptance.
SELINSGROVE AREA HIGH SCHOOL
The Selinsgrove Area High School Youth in Philanthropy club provides grant opportunities to non-profit organizations in the Susquehanna Valley. The club focuses on analyzing the needs throughout the community to provide assistance for local students and other community members. After a recent survey, the top needs identified in the survey were mental health support, academic support for students, and opportunities for social interaction. We currently have $5,000 to distribute between organizations that will provide for the community’s needs.
SHIKELLAMY HIGH SCHOOL
At the JROTC Braves Battalion in Shikellamy High School, we are looking for applicants for our Youth in Philanthropy. Applicants must be members of a nonprofit organization that help out with our three priorities for our community: drug and alcohol awareness/prevention, domestic violence awareness/prevention, and mental health awareness. We have been granted $5,000 to give back to the community.
WARRIOR RUN HIGH SCHOOL
The Warrior Run High School chapter of Youth in Philanthropy is a group of student leaders that seek to improve our community by promoting the art of giving, by partnering with local service organizations, and by granting money to people and programs that aim to help our community’s youth. Warrior Run High Schools’ Youth In Philanthropy has recognized that our students are struggling with mental health, substance abuse issues, and a lack of community activities. We have been allotted $3,500 from our Warrior Run Education Foundation, to grant between any to 501(c3) organizations or independent organizations that meet our student’s needs. If your group or organization supports youth in our community and/or addresses any of these important issues, you are encouraged to apply. Because the Youth in Philanthropy program is funded by the Warrior Run Education Foundation, all grant requests must support services provided to youth residing in the Warrior Run School District service area. Thank you for all you do to support the Warrior Run community.