Brandywine Health Foundation launches third year of youth philanthropy

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The Brandywine Health Foundation is launching the third year of the exciting Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program underwritten by Citadel with program support from the Marshall-Reynolds Foundation. This program will provide high school students from the greater Coatesville area with the opportunity to become engaged, involved, and to give back to their community through philanthropy and civic engagement.

The Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program, or CAYPP for short, was designed by two high school students, and is for teens between the ages of 14 to 18 who reside in the Coatesville area to learn about the world of philanthropy. Throughout the course of the program, participants do not only learn how to give $15,000 in grant money to organizations in Coatesville, they will also learn a wide variety of skills including but not limited to leadership, teambuilding, communication, business, and more! The program is accepting applications now until October 6, 2017.

The program will meet approximately two times a month. Meetings will take place on a combination of Thursday evenings from (5:00-7:00p.m.) and Saturday mornings (9:00a.m.-Noon) from October through May.

This exciting program provides youth with the opportunity to be engaged in grantmaking from soliciting grant requests, reviewing grant proposals, going on site visits, and determining which community organizations to fund.

Julian Maurer, a current CAYPP member shares, “It’s not only opened up new doors and opportunities for me, but I know that I can give back and help my community by being involved in CAYPP, which is a win-win situation.”

In addition to giving back to the Coatesville community, students who participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience will gain the tools they need to succeed in both high school and beyond, as well as participate in a program that stands out on both college and job resumes!

The Coatesville Area Youth Philanthropy Program is looking for teens that are highly committed, determined, and looking to make a difference. These individuals will have a significant amount of responsibility in determining how grants will be awarded in the community. Youth may apply by downloading an application at: https://brandywinefoundation.org/current-priorities/coatesville-are-youth-philanthropy-program/application-for-students/.

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