The Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Boards (YPBs), one in each of Delaware’s three counties, are composed of students from public, independent and diocesan high schools throughout the state.
Every year, each YPB makes grant recommendations to support impactful projects in their communities. Together, they develop a focus area, solicit and evaluate proposals, conduct site visits and award grants.
This year, our three YPBs distributed $50,000 in grants to 19 nonprofit organizations. Since the YPB program began in 1999, more than 425 students have served as YPB members and have awarded more than $430,000 in grants.
2019 Youth Philanthropy Board Grants – $50,000 Statewide
Kent County YPB focused on organizations that enhance and support youth development in Kent County, with preference for those that focus on mental health, the arts, hunger and/or agricultural programs. Kent County YPB grants were presented on April 8 at the Duncan Center in Dover. This year’s grants were awarded to:
$4,770 – Compassionate Hearts
$2,615 – Green Beret Project
$2,615 – Inner City Cultural League
$5,000 – Survivors of Abuse in Recovery
New Castle County YPB focused on post-secondary readiness and/or mentoring programs that serve teens and young adults in New Castle County, with special consideration for initiatives that build leadership opportunities, address specific challenges (including homelessness, substance abuse or violence), or target traditionally underserved populations (including low-income and immigrant youth). The NCC YPB grants were presented on May 13 at the University & Whist Club in Wilmington. This year’s grants were awarded to:
$2,500 – Duffy’s Hope
$1,200 – EastSide Charter School
$2,000 – Girls Inc. of Delaware
$1,800 – I Am My Sister’s Keeper
$1,250 – Nativity Prep
$2,500 – One Village Alliance
$1,250 – TeenSHARP
$2,500 – Teen Warehouse
$2,500 – UrbanPromise
$2,500 – West End Neighborhood House
Sussex County YPB chose to focus on organizations that focus on mentoring at-risk youth in Sussex County, with a preference for programs supporting those affected by substance abuse, sex trafficking and/or mental health issues. The Sussex County YPB presented grants on May 6 at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. This year’s grants were awarded to:
$2,500 – Connecting Generations
$3,000 – First State Community Action Agency
$2,500 – FORGE Youth & Family Academy
$3,000 – Laurel Public Library
$4,000 – Pathways to Success
The Youth Philanthropy Boards need your support!
To sponsor the students in one county or statewide, please contact Yolanda Rushdan, Program Associate, 302.504.5239.
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