Students as Grantmakers

For the seventh year, Bexley juniors and seniors in the BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program took grant making into their own hands. The students, who participated in a series of learning lunches over the fall months, made their grant funding decisions on December 11 after hearing presentations from teachers and classmates.  

Students initially had $5,000 to distribute. They awarded four grants to support the purchase of floor seats for a high school English classroom; provide materials and tools to create a Roving Maker Space for design classes at the middle school; purchase a new table tennis table for the high school’s Ping Pong Club and provide manipulatives to support interactive instruction in high school Geometry classes. 

Thanks to a generous $2,500 grant from the Big Lots Foundation, students are currently exploring ways to support their fellow students by funding college entrance test preparation and/or tutoring. The Youth Philanthropy Program is funded by the BEF’s Charlene Morgan Emerging Leaders Endowment.