Youth Philanthropy & Next-Gen Giving Webinar Series Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana’s (YPII) is excited to announce a 4-part webinar series designed to promote next-gen giving and youth engagement. These energizing and enlightening sessions feature local and national youth programming experts.  They will share successful models and examples on the topics of service learning and project-based volunteerism, giving and grantmaking by young people, youth leadership, and tips for engaging youth to participate in your programs!

This series incorporates YPII’s four pillar model of youth philanthropy (Serving, Giving, Leading, and Engaging) which explains the progression youth take from caring within their families to engaging others in their communities. Participants will receive real-world examples and resources they can integrate into their foundations and youth-serving organizations.  Visit here for detailed program information on all the sessions and speakers.  To register for all 4 sessions for only $50 (or $15 per session) click here!


Former Youth Council Member Becomes Foundation Intern

The Scott County Community Foundation recently hired a summer intern that already knows a lot about the foundation! Carmen Boley, a former Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council member, is a graduate of Scottsburg High School and currently a student at Indiana University Bloomington. She will be working with Scott County School Districts 1 and 2 this summer. Her internship responsibilities include helping the high schools gather information on college persistence from their previous graduates and to help the middle schools increase their overall enrollment in the 21st Century Scholars Program.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Scott County Community Foundation’s team this summer. After being a part of the Foundation in middle and high school as a member of the Youth Grantmaking Council, I am thrilled to return and see what I can do to help through a different aspect by working with the local school districts.” Carmen further stated, “I cannot wait to start my internship and see what all I’ll learn from this awesome opportunity.”

You can read the full article on the Scott County Community Foundation website.


Introducing Hammond Academy’s Philanthropy Club, by Destiny Smith

 About us: We are the first high school philanthropy club in “the Region” (Lake County located in Northwest Indiana) and we are hoping to teach people about giving back to the community along with giving back to the community ourselves. Our club is led by Dr. Francis at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology.  Our founders are seniors Marcus Mabry and Victor Lopez along with class representatives Hannah Elliot and Destiny Smith. Our club has roughly 20 students from grades 9-12 and we work inside our school and the community to make it a secure, strong environment. For example, we volunteer at "We Care from the Heart," which is a program that helps homeless people get off the streets and into a safe and stable home.

Bottle Cap Project: Currently, we are collecting plastic bottle caps to recycle and make into benches. Our goal is to raise 1,200 pounds for three benches, and as of now, we have near 400 pounds. We started this project because we believe the benches will beautify our school and the surrounding areas. We welcome bottle caps donations which can be brought to our school which is located at 33 Muenich Ct. Hammond, Indiana, or contact Dr. Francis to schedule a pickup. Please, help us help others. Your donations are greatly appreciated.


KEYS Generates Excitement for Reading Among 2nd Graders

Teen participants in the Kosciusko County Community Foundation’s KEYS Youth Pod, helped 1,000 second graders from across Kosciusko County read the same book at the same time on March 22 to celebrate “Read Across Kosciusko County.”  Each second grader received a copy of a book by featured Indiana author, Troy Cummings, who will follow up with an author visit before the end of the school year.

"Read Across Kosciusko County is a great way for KEYS members to practice their mission to impact education," said KEYS Navigator, Amy Cannon. "In addition to encouraging the vital skill of reading, this program helps KEYS members to be better grant makers as they interact with the students who are impacted by the educational grants they award."



Get Your Youth Involved with the 5x5 Bison-tennial Award Competition

To help celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is organizing a “5x5” Competition around the Bison-tennial Public Art Project.

For this Competition, IPA will award one 5-foot fiberglass bison to an Indiana community at its 2016 Statewide Conference in June. This is your chance to engage youth in your community to join with other Hoosiers decorating and displaying creative fiberglass bison across Indiana. Applications are due May 13, 2016. Indiana youth philanthropy programs and other youth-serving organizations including schools and afterschool programs are encouraged to apply by contacting their local Community Foundations.  LEARN MORE AND APPLY HERE >>


Partner Network Meeting

YPII’s Partner Network brings together the expertise and enthusiasm of 40+ community organizations and individuals that share a commitment to advancing youth philanthropy. This statewide collaborative network provides for the exchange of ideas, partnerships and opportunities for its members.  We encourage organizations and individuals to join YPII us for our next Partner Network meeting on Tuesday, May 10th at from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at WFYI in Indianapolis. For additional information about the Partner Network and meeting locations, contact Jill Gordon, YPII Program Director at (317) 630-5200 ext. 116 or email.


April 2016
In This Issue
Youth Philanthropy & Next-Gen Giving Webinar Series
Former Youth Council Member Becomes Foundation Intern
Introducing Hammond Academy’s Philanthropy Club, by Destiny Smith
KEYS Generates Excitement for Reading Among 2nd Graders
Get Your Youth Involved with the 5x5 Bison-tennial Award Competition
Partner Network Meeting
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