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Kent YPB Presents $10K in Grants

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DOVER, Del. — The Kent County Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) of the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) awarded $10,000 to four Kent County nonprofit organizations at a grants ceremony on April 14 at the Duncan Center in Dover.

The DCF’s Kent County YPB is composed of 20 Kent County students from public, independent and diocesan high schools. Since September, YPB members have been studying youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools, learning about community service and grantmaking, and visiting nonprofit organizations.

This year’s Kent County YPB chose to focus on organizations that provide direct services to people with special needs. Preference was given to programs that incorporate agriculture, arts or animal therapy.

Paws For People – $3,500 to expand therapy dog services in Kent County by providing more training.

Art Studio 4:10 – $2,750 to help fund 27 art sessions for children and adults with severe, multiple disabilities.

Down Syndrome Association of Delaware – $2,500 to assist with its new Milford mini-camp for Down Syndrome clients and their siblings this June.

VSA Delaware – $1,250 to help fund its Performing Arts Residency program and its performance in Kent County.

The Delaware Community Foundation sponsors a Youth Philanthropy Board in each Delaware county to encourage high school students to become more involved in philanthropy. Each board of high school students is allotted a pool of money to give as charitable grants. The students learn about philanthropy and effective grantmaking, study youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools, solicit grant proposals, conduct site visits, and award grants to those they determine to be most deserving.

Retired Delaware educator Phyllis Wynn established the Youth Philanthropy Fund in 1999 because she wanted to encourage youth to become more involved in philanthropic ventures. Students who serve on the YPB are nominated by their principal or guidance counselor.

“The Youth Philanthropy Board program does more than give kids the chance to make a difference,” DCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “It gets them out into the community to experience firsthand the impact their work has on people’s lives.”

2015-16 Kent County Youth Philanthropy Board

Cassidy Bennetti Junior Dover High School
Maura Gast Senior Dover High School
Brielle Hermstedt Junior Milford High School
Jason Kalaygian Senior Milford High School
Jeff Kidner Junior Red Lion Christian Academy
Jack Kidner Junior Red Lion Christian Academy
Christie Little Junior Lake Forest High School
Dyshere Logan Junior Caesar Rodney High School
Stephanie Lynn Senior Lake Forest High School
Justin Nash Junior Smyrna High School
Liam O’Connor Senior Caesar Rodney High School
Joanna Petrosky Senior St. Thomas More Academy
Kaitlyn Pokorny Junior Calvary Christian Academy
Jordan Resh Senior Dover High School
Katie Richardson Senior Polytech High School
Therese Sadusky Junior St. Thomas More Academy
Andrew Stant Senior Caesar Rodney High School
Henry Stephan Junior Polytech High School
Otis Winding Junior Calvary Christian Academy
Meghan Yearkes Junior Smyrna High School