Youth Grantmakers across the Inland Empire were provided an opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills as they participated in philanthropy during the 2017-18 school year.

The program teaches young people to become active agents of change through responsive community leadership and practical hands-on service. During the program, students are taught to conduct surveys to determine the current concerns and needs of their peers. They made site visits to local nonprofit organizations, listened to nonprofit presentations during their monthly meetings, conducted community service projects and awarded grants to nonprofits that address the needs of youth in their community.

During their year-long training program the students learned to read and analyze grant applications. They were taught how to respectfully debate the most critical needs while listening to the perspectives of others and how to prioritize when they are presented with several worthwhile requests.

The Youth Grantmakers Program is sponsored by The Community Foundation (Foundation), a nonprofit, public charity that serves the communities of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

This year the Foundation sponsored four Youth Grantmakers programs. They included programs in the communities of Riverside, San Bernardino, Coachella Valley and Idyllwild. Local high school students in each program identified the greatest needs in their community and awarded $49,000 to Riverside and San Bernardino County nonprofit groups.

This year’s program included representatives from 23 high schools in both counties and 77 Youth Grantmakers. The program awarded $49,385 in grants, of which $13,100 were Charity of Choice recipients selected by graduating seniors. To learn more about The Community Foundation’s Youth Grantmaking program visit thecommunityfoundation.net/programs-initiatives/programs/youth-grantmakers.

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