This year marks the fourth year of CAYPP, the Brandywine Health Foundation Initiative that gives youth the opportunity to learn the importance of philanthropy in creating and maintaining a healthy community.
During the eight-month program, participants roll up their sleeves and immerse themselves in the many duties, issues and challenges involved in making wise philanthropic decisions. Needs assessments, site visits and reviewing grant proposals are just a few of the areas they tackle in determining which community nonprofit(s) will best use their $15,000 grant budget to benefit the community.
With a large number of qualified grant applicants this year, the selection process quickly became quite a challenge. After lengthy deliberation, the decision was made to award Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC) with a $10,000 check to support youth preventive mental health services. What CAYPP members found most impressive about the CGRC proposal was their recognition that many teens in our community struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, and low self-esteem and this program attempts to address emotions and behavior before they reach a crisis state.
A second $5,000 grant award went to Minding Your Mind (MYM) suicide prevention program that teaches participants to better understand stigma and destructive behaviors associated with mental health issues. Participants then work to eliminate a crisis-base response and primarily focus on prevention through education.
Both of these nonprofit organizations provide an array of mental health services and are deserving of their grants provided by our CAYPP leaders.