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Teens Experience Being Philanthropists

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Sixty-seven Delaware high school students will experience the joys and challenges of being philanthropists this year through the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB).

With a board in each county, the YPB includes students from public, private and parochial schools. The DCF gives the students a total of $35,000 to award to local charities. Within their county board, 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 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.”

Kent County
Back Row:
Nick Olsen, St. Thomas More Academy
Daniel Shockley, Milford High School
Jessica Simpson, St. Thomas More Academy
Stephen Baione, Polytech High School
Darby Brennan, Milford High School
Savannah Poorman, Smyrna High School
Zach Mazuchowski, St. Thomas More Academy

Front Row:
Meghana Lodhavia, Dover High School
Ali Guckes, Dover High School
Grace Gast, Dover High School
Marina Spangler, Dover High School
Tara Bond, Polytech High School
Claudia Little, Lake Forest High School
Lauren Iglio, Smyrna High School

Not Pictured:
Andy Chen, Caesar Rodney
Dyamond Fears, Lake Forest High School
Garrett Geidel, Caesar Rodney High School
Eryne Jenkins, Caesar Rodney High School

New Castle County
Rebecca Alexander, senior, Newark High School
Doris Almonte, senior, Mount Pleasant High School
*Siawaa Antwi, junior, Freire Wilmington Charter School
Madison Berkey, junior, Red Lion Christian Academy
**Scott Bernetich, senior, Charter School of Wilmington
Luke Campbell, junior, Wilmington Christian School
*Julianna Cann, senior, Padua Academy
*Rachel Carlton, senior, Caravel Academy
Elisa Davila, senior, St. Andrew’s School
Chase Dunlap, junior, St. Elizabeth High School
*Lon’yea Ellis, senior, Delaware Design Lab
*Cecilia Ergueta, senior, Wilmington Friends School
*Peter Kardash, junior, Salesianum School
**Nicole Kennedy, senior, Conrad Schools of Science
*Jane Lyons, junior, Ursuline Academy
Thomas McGraw, junior, Tall Oaks Classical School
*Emma Miller, senior, Cab Calloway School of the Arts
Ajah Quawiy, junior, Delcastle Technical High School
Lance Ralsten, junior, St. Mark’s High School
Sofia Rose, senior, John Dickinson High School
Kayla Sampson-Jones, junior, Brandywine High School
*Alivia Scott, senior, Appoquinimink High School
*Alyxandria Sisofo, senior, St. Georges Vo-Tech High School
Cameron Smith, sophomore, Sanford School
Colin Smith, junior, Delaware Military Academy
*Cassi Sullivan, senior, Tower Hill School
Ifunanya Ugorji, senior, Howard High School of Technology
Anya Verucci, junior, Newark Charter High School
*Paige Ward, senior, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School
*Kayla Woods, senior, Tatnall School

   **3rd year member        *2nd year member

Sussex County
Back Row:
Hayley Wilson, Sussex Tech High School
Morgan Absher, Woodbridge High School
Cade Keeler, Sussex Central High School
Harrison Gale, Cape Henlopen High School
Colin Anderson, Delmarva Christian Academy
Vasmi Patel, Delmar High School
Tom Turnbaugh, Laurel High School
Josh Bredbenner, Worcester Preparatory School
Nyra Giles, Laurel High School

Front Row:
Kristin Esterly, Woodbridge High School
Maddy Lester, Greenwood Mennonite School
Anna Ives-Michener, Cape Henlopen High School
Karen Ventura-Lopez, Sussex Central High School
Kasiyah Tatem, Sussex Tech High School
Isaac O’Neal, Delmar High School
Hector Herrera, Sussex Academy
Brendyn Vanderslice, Laurel High School

Not shown:
Kaitlyn McKinney, Seaford High School
Cailey Murphy, Sussex Academy