September 20, 2016 marks the kickoff of our 2016/17 Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC). Comprised of a team of motivated high school students, YPC participants channel their energy, skills, and knowledge into meaningful service within our community. “The idea behind youth philanthropy is that everyone — regardless of age — has the ability to engage, participate, learn, and help shape their community,” Dan Layman, CEO of the Community Foundation.
We created our first Youth Philanthropy Council in 2008 with the objective of introducing teens to the importance of philanthropy in our community and in their lives. YPC members meet monthly to interact with community leaders, philanthropists, and leaders of nonprofit organizations. They explore the pressing needs of our community and determine their shared philanthropic priorities. We also task them with the responsibility of managing the process of awarding grants to nonprofit organizations.
We have recruited 25 teens from the public and private high schools in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County for service on our 2016/17 Youth Philanthropy Council. In 2015, we launched our first affiliate Youth Philanthropy Council dedicated to Highland County. We are thrilled to welcome them back again this year to continue the tremendous progress the made last year in understanding and responding to the unique needs of their community.
In the past eight years, YPC members have helped to improve the lives of more than 1,000 young people in our community. In honor of the Community Foundation’s upcoming 25th anniversary in 2017, our two Youth Philanthropy Councils will issue a record $25,000 to local nonprofits in the Spring.
For more information about our YPC and how to support this amazing program, please contact us.