Youth in Philanthropy Program Grants $11,100 to Local Nonprofits

Middlesex School Youth in Philanthropy

At last week's assembly, the 23 juniors in the Youth in Philanthropy program presented four checks to local nonprofit organizations as the culmination of their semester-long philanthropy project. Youth in Philanthropy is a program conducted through the Foundation for Metrowest, which granted Middlesex (and several other local schools) $10,000 to be designated by students toward other local nonprofit organizations benefiting underserved youth in the Metrowest region.

The students in the program met on Tuesday evenings throughout the semester to learn about grants, and analyze and discuss the impact of philanthropy. After selecting four finalists from the pool of grant applications, the juniors made site visits to each of the organizations and then spent several meetings debating and coming to consensus as to how the grant money would be divided. In addition to the original $10,000 grant from the Foundation, the MX Youth in Philanthropy group raised $1,100 to add to their total by initiating and executing a Halloween candy delivery sale.
 
The final $11,100 was split among four local organizations, each of which benefits Metrowest youth in myriad ways:
-Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides.
-Open Table, a local volunteer organization providing food and other resources to families and individuals facing crises in food, housing, fuel assistance, childcare, or critical health. Middlesex also sends volunteers to Open Table weekly throughout the year to help serve guests and assist with set-up and clean-up.
-Project Just Because, a non-profit charity that helps families in need with basic items, providing dignity and love from the heart in a caring environment.
-Let's Get Ready, a Framingham/Wellesley organization providing low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college through trained college student volunteers. Read more about their work with Youth in Philanthropy on their blog.
 
Congratulations to the members of the Youth in Philanthropy program as well as the local grant recipients! For more information on this program, please email Amy Gleason at agleason@mxschool.edu.
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