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Youth Grantmakers Award Over $49,000

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In serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, TCF has had high school students fund grants for local nonprofits.

Youth Grantmaker Ginnie Tran believes her peers today are more involved in their communities than ever before.

“Youth Grantmakers has taught all of us how to broaden our horizons and how to help our community beyond community service on the weekends. It has made us more aware of the problems in our community and this awareness is key in order to help combat these issues.” This is evident in The Community Foundation’s Youth Grantmakers Program, now completing its ninth year.

Tran graduated from Norte Vista High School and will be attending UCLA in the fall. She joined the program when she was a sophomore and has since gained critical skills.

In ceremonies held at the Foundation’s Coachella Valley office on June 3, SAC Health Systems in San Bernardino on June 10, Pechanga Resort and Casino on June 21 and Riverside Art Museum on June 24, the program celebrated with 16 nonprofits chosen to receive a total of $36,285. Additional $13,100 in grants was given to nonprofits by seniors who selected their “Charity of Choice.” The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the choices.

With representatives from 23 high schools in both counties, 77 Youth Grantmakers make up the Riverside, San Bernardino, Coachella Valley, and Native programs.  Since the inception of this program, Youth Grantmakers have awarded over $278,000 to deserving nonprofit agencies. In 2017-2018, they made grants to 16 nonprofits: Assistance League of Temecula Valley ($4,000); Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert, Inc ($1,500); Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire ($4,000); Birth Choice of the Desert($2,000); Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley ($2,500); Calicinto Ranch, Inc. ($2,500); Community Health Systems Inc. ($2,000); Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley ($1,435); Highlanders Boxing Club ($2,500); Love Riverside ($1,500); Oak Grove Institute Foundation ($1,200); Operation SafeHouse ($2,500); Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation ($2,500); San Bernardino Fatherhood ($2,150); The YouthHope Foundation ($2,500); and Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert ($1,500).

During the 2017-2018 academic year, across the two-county region, Youth Grantmakers strengthened their leadership skills as they participated in philanthropy.  Students learned to read and analyze a grant application, respectfully debate the most critical needs while learning to listen to others’ perspectives, and prioritize the many worthwhile requests.

“The goal is teach young people about the tradition of philanthropy,” said Celia Cudiamat, Senior Vice President of Grants and Community Impact at The Community Foundation. “We hope the end result is an ethic of service and lifelong involvement in their community.”

View a video of our 2017-2018 Youth Grantmakers’ accomplishments here: https://vimeo.com/277154512

To learn more about the Youth Grantmakers Program, contact the Programs Department at 951.241.7777.