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New Castle County Youth Philanthropy Board Presents $15K in Grants

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The New Castle County Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) of the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) has awarded $15,000 to eight New Castle County nonprofit organizations.

The DCF’s New Castle County YPB is composed of 26 New Castle 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 New Castle County YPB chose to focus on organizations and programs that support young people and their families affected by mental health challenges and/or mental or physical disabilities.

  • Autism Delaware- $2,500 will help fund the PEERS program, a 16-week social skills intervention program to help teens learn ways to make and keep friends. The program has been found to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.
  • Best Buddies- $1,000 will help fund the Friendship Program. The Friendship Program builds one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Catholic Charities- $2,500 will help to fund community-based counseling services to children from birth to 17 years old who have problems severe enough to threaten their home, school, or daycare placement. The program helps to improve mental health of the clients and improve the function of their families.
  • Bear-Glasgow YMCA- $1,500 will help fund the YMCA of Delaware’s Adaptive Fitness program. It provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to be physically active in a community setting.
  • One Village Alliance- $2,500 will help fund the Raising Kings collaborative program aimed at changing the image and expectations of men and boys of color by elevating the level of positive male engagement. This program meets a developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships as a key strategy to suicide and violence prevention.
  • Delaware Guidance Services- $1,000 will help fund dialectical behavior skill building groups for at-risk children and youth. The program will help children in the county who are struggling with emotional or behavioral difficulties.
  • SOAR- $2,500 will help fund side-by-side therapy groups for teen victims of sexual abuse and assault and their loved ones. Clients are helped to address their needs as victims, as all are helped through the process of recovery.
  • Supporting Kidds- $1,500 will help to fund the Healing Pathways program. The program focuses on five areas: accepting the loss, understanding the permanence of death, remembering our loved ones, planning for a future, and celebrating connections.

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.”

2016-17 New Castle County YPB

Student                                                     Grade            School

Siawaa Antwi Sophomore Freire Wilmington Charter School
Jake Barks Senior St. Elizabeth High School
Charlotte Berl Senior St. Andrew’s School
Scott Bernetich Junior Charter School of Wilmington
Jacob Campbell Senior William Penn High School
Julianna Cann Junior Padua Academy
Rachel Carlton Junior Caravel Academy
Sarah Connolly Senior Sanford School
Keri Edwards Senior Brandywine High School
Lon’yea Ellis Junior Delaware Design Lab
Cecilia Ergueta Junior Wilmington Friends School
Matthew Etzrodt Senior Archmere Academy
Matt Kaczowka Senior Red Lion Christian Academy
Peter Kardash Sophomore Salesianum School
Nicole Kennedy Junior Conrad School of Science
Jane Lyons Sophomore Ursuline Academy
Megan McCormick Senior Newark Charter High School
Emma Miller Junior Cab Calloway School of the Arts
Aliyah Navarro Senior Wilmington Christian School
Alivia Scott Junior Appoquinimink High School
Alyxandria Sisofo Junior St. Georges Vo-Tech High School
Cassi Sullivan Junior Tower Hill School
Victoria Taylor Senior Tall Oaks Classical School
Paige Ward Junior Hodgson Vo-Tech High School
Joseph White Senior St. Marks High School
Kayla Woods Junior Tatnall School