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Youth Grantmakers was created to empower youth to address issues that are important to them by participating in grantmaking.

Through this program our young people become active agents of change, preparing them for responsive community leadership and practical hands-on service.

growing-philanthropyDuring the 2016-17 academic year, Youth Grantmakers across our two-county region strengthened their leadership skills as they participated in philanthropy.  They conducted surveys to determine the current concerns and needs of their peers, attended site visits of local nonprofit organizations, listened to nonprofit presentations during their monthly meetings, conducted community service projects and awarded grants to nonprofits that address the needs of youth in their community.  During their year-long training, 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.

In 2016-17, all four Youth Grantmakers programs have been working hard discussing community issues and identifying projects to benefit local youth. Here’s what they’ve been up to!
Coachella Valley

Targeting students in the Palm Springs Unified School District and Xavier Prep High School, the Coachella Valley program engaged 25 high school students.  These students awarded five grants to local nonprofits: Cathedral City High School Girls Wrestling Team, Christopher’s Clubhouse, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Smooth Transition, Inc., and Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert.

pdfCoachella Valley Newsletter
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San Bernardino

Eleven students from Aquinas, Cajon High and Mother of Divine Grace Schools comprise the Youth Grantmakers in San Bernardino.  These students awarded five grants to local nonprofits: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Inland Empire, YouthHope Foundation, Highlander Boxing Club, Youth Action Project and Children’s Fund.

pdfSan Bernardino Newsletter
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Now in its fourth year, middle school students from Idyllwild Elementary School continued to impact the youth in their community with their grantmaking to nonprofits in Idyllwild.  The 2016-17 Youth Grantmakers awarded six grants: Idyllwild School Outdoor Education Booster Club, Idyllwild School, Friends of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks, Animal Rescue Friends, Inc., Idyllwild Help Center and Idyllwild School PTA SmArts Program.

pdfIdyllwild Newsletter
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With representatives from eight high schools in Riverside, 36 Youth Grantmakers make up the Riverside program, now in its eighth year.  Since the inception of this program, the Riverside Youth Grantmakers have awarded $135,000 to deserving nonprofit agencies.  In 2016-17, they made grants to five nonprofits: Special Olympics Inland Empire, Queen of Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Rising Star Business Academy, Riverside Police Officers’ Association and Kamali’l Foster Family Agency.

pdfRiverside Newsletter
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We encourage anyone interested in learning more about how they can volunteer, strengthen and grow our Youth Grantmakers program to contact the Programs Department at 951.241.7777.