The Fund for Wellesley has begun accepting applications for its new Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program, through which participants will become informed and educated philanthropists by learning about the importance of the nonprofit sector and giving back to their community. This is the first time the program, being conducted in conjunction with the Foundation for MetroWest, has been offered in Wellesley.
Applications are due by Monday, Dec. 1, and the program begins on Monday, Jan. 12 at Wellesley Free Library. Both private and public high school students who live in or attend school in Wellesley are encouraged to apply.
Participants will learn leadership skills, assess community needs, understand nonprofit operations, fundraise to support their efforts, evaluate and prioritize funding requests, and ultimately distribute Fund for Wellesley Youth Development grants.
Since it began more than 15 years ago, the Foundation for MetroWest Youth in Philanthropy program has graduated over 900 students and awarded nearly $700,000 in grants to organizations that serve youth throughout MetroWest.