The Wellesley Youth Commission has teamed up again with the Foundation for MetroWest/Fund for Wellesley to offer a program called Youth in Philanthropy that’s open to students from Wellesley who attend public or private high schools.
Beginning on Jan. 11, the program will be offered at the Wellesley Police Department from 7-8:30pm on Monday evenings. Applications to partake are due on Dec. 1.
Youth are trusted in awarding up to $10,000 in grants to MetroWest nonprofit organizations serving children and youth. Throughout the program, participants become informed and educated philanthropists by learning about the importance of the nonprofit sector and giving back to their own community. They learn leadership skills, assess community needs, understand nonprofit operations, fundraise to support their efforts, evaluate and prioritize funding requests, and ultimately distribute the Foundation for MetroWest 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. You can find more information about the Youth in Philanthropy program here or by emailing Maura Renzella, Youth Director, Wellesley Youth Commission, at [email protected]