The Youth Philanthropy Council of the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge announced $15,000 in competitive grants to nonprofit organizations serving our community’s youth. Council members presented the grants at an awards reception on Wednesday, April 27th at Brightview Baldwin Park in Staunton.
The Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) was established in the fall of 2008 to develop future community leaders by providing teens with the opportunity to work together on substantive philanthropy. “Our YPC members work collectively through the issues faced by all community leaders, such as setting priorities, collecting information, asking important questions, and ultimately deciding how best to distribute their annual philanthropic budget,” noted Susan Lendermon, Director of Nonprofit Services for the Foundation and YPC advisor.
Now in its eighth year, YPC is currently comprised of twenty-one students representing each public and private high school in the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.
“YPC has allowed me to become increasingly plugged in with the local community. The numerous interactions with non-profits have given me a renewed appreciation for those who actively work to make a difference in the greater Augusta County region,” explained YPC member Will Elkins.
Council members reviewed and debated many grant applications, interviewed area nonprofit leaders, and provided grant recommendations to the Community Foundation’s board of directors.
“YPC has been an incredible learning experience for me. It has given me the opportunity to have an impact on the local community and has shown me how many fantastic philanthropic organizations are in our area. Serving on this council has definitely influenced me to continue to have an active role with non-profits even after my time with YPC is over,” commented Bailey Harlow, a junior at Fort Defiance High School.
The Youth Philanthropy Council is proud to announce the following grant awards for 2016:
- CASA for Children: To support their mission to promote and protect the best interests of abused or neglected children in juvenile courts proceedings.
- Valley Hope Counseling Services: To support their ability to provide mental health counseling services at minimal or no cost to local adolescents.
- Ride with Pride: To support their work to serve individuals with physical, emotional, and developmental special needs through a wide range of therapeutic equine activities.
- The Valley Mission: To aid their efforts to provide mental health support for the children and teens of homeless families living at the Valley Mission.
- Project GROWS: To support the development of their Exercise and Edible Food Forest Trail designed to be a physically active experiential learning opportunity for children.
- Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta: To support their promotion of a “youth build day” designed to engage youth in completing essential home repair projects for low income individuals and families.