Forty local high school students have given $10,000 to two local nonprofits.
The students, members of The Community Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program, spent 20 weeks reading applications, conducting site visits, interviewing nonprofit leaders and deliberating decisions. They presented their findings to an audience of foundation board members, parents and community leaders in December. The grant money is provided by area donors who give through The Community Foundation.
At the recommendation of Youth in Philanthropy members, the foundation awarded $7,500 to disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area Inc., for their youth program SAIL, Self-Advocacy Independent Living.
The SAIL program is a weekly support, leadership and advocacy group for youth and young adults with disabilities. Through this program, disAbility Resource Center helps members learn how to advocate for themselves and others. There is a strong emphasis on transition planning to increase independent living. SAIL members learn about personal goal setting and budgeting, healthful living, public transportation and ways to pursue further education and career opportunities. In addition, each SAIL member identifies a community issue and contacts at least three legislators, local, state or federal, in support of a cause that means the most to them.
Youth in Philanthropy students recognized that this grant directly affects a relatively small group of people, but the depth of impact creates large ripples in our community.
The foundation awarded $2,500 King George Education Foundation for their FoxSmart Center
With this grant, King George Education Foundation will convert the King George Middle School Vocational Technology building to create a FoxSmart Center which will be available as a resource to all King George County schools.
A significant percentage of King George families do not have the means to provide their children all they need to be healthy and successful at school. According to a King George Education Foundation survey, the average county teacher spends $380 each year out of her or his own pocket for items students need: including food, hygiene items, clothes and school supplies.
The new FoxSmart Center will utilize grant funding and volunteer effort to create a convenient location for students and families to seek assistance and find resources in a safe and confidential manner. Teachers can also access classroom resources at the FoxSmart Center. In the future, King George Education Foundation would like to expand the FoxSmart Center to include a community garden, teacher development center and parent/family education center.
Youth in Philanthropy student grant reviewers appreciated this resourceful model for meeting student needs and are interested to see if other localities will replicate it.
Now is the ideal time for rising 10th graders to apply to become a “YIP” member of Youth in Philanthropy for fall 2018. Visit the foundation’s website at cfrrr.org.