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New Youth Philanthropy Boards Selected in Delaware Counties

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Thirty-eight high school seniors, juniors and sophomores will experience the triumphs and challenges of being philanthropists this year through the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Boards (YPBs).  

The YPBs include homeschooled students as well as students from public, private and parochial schools. The DCF gives each of the three counties’ boards funds to award to local charities through grants. The students work together to choose a focus area, solicit and review grant applications, conduct site visits and decide how to distribute funds to have the greatest impact. 

Grant applications will be available at in early December and will be due in January. 

“Getting high school students involved in YPB is a great introduction of philanthropy and civic engagement for the next generation,” DCF President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “The individuals see first-hand the issues in their own communities and fund solutions through the grant-making process.” 

This year’s participants are:  

Kent County   

Jay Chagaris, senior, Lake Forest High School 
Landon Hughes, junior, Caesar Rodney High School 
Justin Lunn, senior, Lake Forest High School 
Jordyn McFadden, senior, Smyrna High School 
Hamza Parker, senior, Smyrna High School 
Thea Paxton, junior, Dover High School 
Shaimy Rodriguez, junior, Polytech High School 
Sage Sawhney, junior Caesar Rodney High School 
Amber Sirrell, senior, Smyrna High School 
Chloe Spinoza, senior, Dover High School 
Giulia Sweet, senior, Lake Forest High School 
Aleah Truitt, senior, Polytech High School 
Annie Zhan, senior, Milford High School 

New Castle County  

Gabriella Adams, senior, Ursuline Academy 
Laura Bolarinwa, junior, Tower Hill 
Josephine Calder, junior, Archmere Academy 
Chazz Chamblee, junior, homeschool 
Brooke Estes, senior, St. Andrew’s School 
Samantha Harrington, senior, St. George’s Technical High School 
Jimmy Kennedy, senior, Salesianum School 
Asma Muhammad, sophomore, Howard High School 
Liliana Powell, junior, Brandywine High School 

Sussex County   

Diana Angel-Gabriel, junior, Laurel High School 
Anna Beck, junior, Cape Henlopen High School 
Ashly Benavides, junior, Indian River High School 
Xin Dy Chen, senior, Indian River High School 
Claire Eden, senior, Delmarva Christian School 
Molly Gartman, senior, Sussex Central High School 
Ciara Leon-Leon, junior, Sussex Tech High School 
Chelsea Littleton, senior, Laurel High School 
Alyssa Molock, senior Sussex Tech High School 
Ana Rial, senior, Sussex Academy 
Miyah Sow, senior, Sussex Tech High School 
Owen Taylor, senior, Delmar High School 
Johnson Ventura-Lopez, senior, Sussex Academy 
Sophia Wackett, senior, Indian River High School 
William Wells, junior, Worcester Preparatory School 
Allen Zhang, junior, Worcester Preparatory School