Community Foundation of Teton Valley Partners with Teton High School to Launch Youth Philanthropy Pilot Project
(Driggs, ID – March 20, 2012) The Community Foundation of Teton Valley will a partner with Teton High School to launch the Teton High School Youth Philanthropy Project.
Through this CFTV pilot program, Teton High School students enrolled in the AP Government Class will have an opportunity to discuss philanthropy on a national and local level, learn about local nonprofits and charitable funding processes, and discuss effective strategies for community impact.
“Inviting students to participate in a local philanthropic process provides them with a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities within their community, and gives them an avenue to support the organizations and projects that are most meaningful to them,” said Shannon Brooks Hamby, executive director, Community Foundation of Teton Valley. “As we engage these students with their community in a new way, we hope to inspire a future generation of philanthropists both locally and beyond.”
A total of $3000 will be available to Teton Valley nonprofits through this program, and grants will be awarded at a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1000 per project to Teton Valley nonprofits. The application deadline for nonprofits is Friday, April 13 at 5:00 pm MST. The application and more information is available on the Community Foundation website www.cftetonvalley.org or by calling 208-354-0230.
“The Youth Philanthropy Project will provide students with authentic understanding of the needs within this community, and the creative ways that local non-profits work to meet those needs.” Said Rose Hendricks, Youth Philanthropy Program Coordinator, Teton High School. “ Through project participation, students will work together to find shared values and make decisions about how to allocate limited resources, an experience that mirrors the work of local, state, and federal officials. Most importantly, the project will provide an opportunity for students to explore and develop their individual sense of humanity and consider how they might give back to their community now and in the future.”
Funding for the Youth Philanthropy Project is provided thanks to the generosity of Community Challengers, the local individuals and businesses that donated to the 4th Annual Tin Cup Challenge match fund.
About the Community Foundation of Teton Valley
Founded in 2007, the Community Foundation of Teton Valley seeks to improve the quality of life in Teton Valley by bringing people together through philanthropic leadership. The Foundation’s goals are to make nonprofits stronger through grants and programs, to serve as a resource for local donors in establishing charitable funds and to plan and execute the Tin Cup Challenge, an annual fundraiser for Teton Valley nonprofits that in four years has raised more than $3.7 million to benefit Teton Valley nonprofits.