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New Sussex County Youth Philanthropy Board Selected

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GEORGETOWN, Del. – Twenty Sussex County high school seniors and juniors will experience the joys and challenges of being philanthropists this year through the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB).

Like its counterparts in New Castle and Kent County, the Sussex County YPB includes students from public, private and parochial schools. The DCF gives the Sussex County students $10,000 to award to local charities. The students work together to choose a focus area, solicit and review grant applications, conduct site visits, and decide how to distribute the money to have the greatest impact.

Grant applications will be available at in November and due in January.

“The DCF sponsors the Youth Philanthropy Boards every year to engage Delaware’s future philanthropists and nonprofit leaders,” said Bill Allan, DCF Senior Vice President for Southern Delaware. “The students see the needs in their communities and work hard to find ways to prioritize and address those needs. It gives the students a unique experience they would not otherwise have in life at this young age.”

2016-17 Sussex County YPB (pictured left to right)

Student Grade School
Nyra Giles Junior Laurel High School
Isaac O’Neal Junior Delmar High School
Hector Herrera Junior Sussex Academy
Olivia Anderson Senior Delmarva Christian High School
Nathanael Riddle Senior Sussex Academy
Sarah Spicer Senior Cape Henlopen High School
Andrew Evan Junior Sussex Central High School
Anna Ives-Michener Junior Cape Henlopen High School
Josh Bredbenner Junior Worcester Preparatory School
Kelly Velasquez-Perez Senior Seaford High School
Kaitlyn McKinney Junior Seaford High School
Kristin Esterly  Junior Woodbridge High School
Collin Birl Senior Cape Henlopen High School
Karen Ventura-Lopez Junior Sussex Central High School
TyAnna Handy Senior Laurel High School
Brittany Ritter Senior Sussex Tech High School
Not pictured:
Amy Green Senior Woodbridge High School
Kasiyah Tatem Junior Sussex Tech High School
McKenna White Junior Delmarva Christian High School