Youth in Philanthropy

We share the vision that young people need opportunities to develop the skills to be the future leaders and stewards of our community.

Youth flourish from being active in philanthropic deeds which give them ownership and pride, sense of self-worth, offer a fresh perspective on community needs, and are an asset to the community.

Purpose

An opportunity for high school students living in Wapello County and attending Ottumwa High School, Cardinal High School, Eddyville-Blakesburg High School, Pekin High School, or Home School to make an impact in their communities, learn the ins and outs of nonprofit organizations, and grant funds to organizations which benefit youth.

By joining Youth in Philanthropy, students can make a positive impact in their communities while teaming up with other students in Wapello County.  Through the program students will visit local nonprofit organizations, delve into community needs, grant money to causes benefiting youth and potentially fulfill community service hours.

The program will provide the skill-set needed for leadership throughout a lifetime.

Youth in Philanthropy teaches the next generation the importance of community giving.  Students meet September through May to learn about the Wapello County Foundation and other community nonprofits and raise funds to make grants steered by student decisions.

Program Highlights

  • Make a real impact in your community
  • Work as a group to build consensus and make important decisions
  • Learn the ins and outs of nonprofit organizations
  • Connect with students from throughout Wapello County
  • Grant money to local nonprofits benefitting youth
  • Building a resume and fulfilling community service hours.
  • This is an opportunity to prepare young people to be active, lifelong community citizens.

Students will meet September to May to learn about the Wapello County Foundation and other Wapello County nonprofits and raise funds to make grants steered by student decisions. Wapello County students enrolled in Ottumwa High School, Cardinal High School, Eddyville Blakesburg High School, Pekin High School or a home school program are encouraged to apply. The 2020-2021 application period will open April 1, 2020. Applications will be available online.

Youth in Philanthropy Application

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