October 26, 2023
Community Giving Foundation recently held kick-off sessions for this year’s Youth in Philanthropy program at Bloomsburg University (October 24) and Susquehanna University (October 25). Youth in Philanthropy provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy through various educational sessions and activities. The program culminates with each school participating in the grantmaking process, awarding up to $5,000 in grant investments to their school and community. During this year’s kick-off, students participated in team building and leadership activities while learning about the importance of community giving and the role of community foundations.
In addition, the Foundation has partnered with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit to bring Rachel’s Challenge to Youth in Philanthropy this year. Rachel’s Challenge addresses the root causes of school violence, bullying, prejudice, and self-harm through student wellness programs that build connection, hope, and resilience. Visit rachelschallenge.org to learn more.
Approximately 225 high school students from the following school districts are currently participating in the program: Benton, Berwick Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, Danville, Lewisburg, Line Mountain, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Millville, Northwest, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, and Warrior Run. Each school district is sponsored locally by various funds of the Community Giving Foundation and its affiliates in Danville, Selinsgrove, and Sunbury, as well as through contributions from community groups, businesses, and individuals. To view a list of program sponsors, visit csgiving.org/youth-in-philanthropy.
Community Giving Foundation manages over 350 charitable funds and makes grant investments throughout the region to improve the quality of life in the Central Susquehanna area. The Youth in Philanthropy program is coordinated by Eric Pangelinan, Foundation Program Officer.