Northern Piedmont Foundation'S Youth in Philanthropy Program


Foundation: Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, Piedmont Community Foundation

If you're a high school senior in Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison, and Rappahannock counties in Virginia and want to do something positive for your community while you're still in high school, there's a program for you.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy is a mentoring and grant-making program for students in grades 10th through 12.

The idea is for them to work with local nonprofits to determine which one will receive a $10,000 grant.

"The idea is to get young people together, in a safe place, and get to know people they don't already know and teach them about philanthropy and grant-making," says the foundation's executive director, Jane Bowling-Wilson.

The application process begins with students being asked to identify the needs of youth in their communities, as well as the skills, background, and experiences they've had that will positively impact their participation in the program.

Students then work to identify the top two organizations they'll consider giving a grant to.

They meet weekly to learn how to evaluate organizations, use a logic model, learn interview skills, visit the nonprofits' sites, and ultimately choose which organization will receive the grant.

"Everybody gets to say what they think and [they're

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