The Brandywine Health Foundation is launching the fifth year of the exciting Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program underwritten by Citadel. This program will provide high school students from the greater Coatesville area with the opportunity to become engaged, involved, and to give back to their community through philanthropy and civic engagement.
The Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program, or CAYPP for short, was designed by two high school students, and is for teens between the ages of 14 to 18 who reside in the Coatesville area to learn about the world of philanthropy. Throughout the course of the program, participants do not only learn how to give $15,000 in grant money to organizations in Coatesville, they will also learn a wide variety of skills including but not limited to leadership, teambuilding, communication, business, and more!
The program will meet approximately two to three times a month. Meetings will take place on a combination of Thursday evenings from (5:00 to 7:00 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (9:00 a.m. to Noon) from October through May.
This exciting program provides youth with the opportunity to be engaged in grant making from soliciting grant requests, reviewing grant proposals, going on site visits, and determining which community organizations to fund.
In addition to giving back to the Coatesville community, students who participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience will gain the tools they need to succeed in both high school and beyond, as well as participate in a program that stands out on both college and job resumes! (more)
The Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program is looking for teens that are highly committed, determined, and looking to make a difference. These individuals will have a significant amount of responsibility in determining how grants will be awarded in the community. To apply complete an application online here, or download it here.
CAYPP’s philanthropic endeavors are being funded by a generous donation of $100,000 over the next five years from Citadel Federal Credit Union. Each year the youth will have $15,000 to disburse to non-profits serving the greater Coatesville area that they have selected.
“Putting dollars into their hands and letting them figure out what to do with it, as opposed to just a hypothetical classroom exercise, is brilliant. For high school students to be able to not only think about how to improve their community but to actually be able to take steps to make an impact will, hopefully, lay a foundation for them that will live with them throughout their lives.” says Jeff March, Citadel’s president and CEO, and Coatesville Area Senior High School (CASH) graduate.
For further information, contact:
Kimberly Daye Hardy, M.Ed.
Brandywine Health Foundation
610-380-9080, ext 107