BHS high school students participating in the BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program made their grant recommendations on December 9. The grant awards were the culmination of the program which began at the start of this school year and continued through the fall with a series of virtual presentations to assist students learn about the philanthropic grant process. YPP students heard from various community and nonprofit leaders including: Deborah Aubert Thomas, CEO of Philanthropy Ohio, Dan Sharpe, Columbus Foundation VP for Community Research and Grants Management and Bexley alumnus, Elon Simms, Director of Community Philanthropy for Crane Group, Shannon Morgan, Senior VP, Client and Community Relations for PNC, Sarah Pariser, Director of Grants and Programs for The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and Catherine Brennan, Bexley alumnus and Principal of Catherine Brennan Consulting.
After meeting with Bexley High School and Bexley Middle School grant applicants, students recommended YPP grant funding totaling $5,593. Their grants will support:
- Novellas written in Latin for the High School Latin program,
- Online resources to support instruction in French and Spanish,
- The opportunity for Jazz Band students, and other music students, to hear and learn virtually from the all-female, multi-ethnic DIVA Jazz Orchestra
- Sleep masks and earplugs as a way to promote good sleeping habits and rest among BMS students.
In addition, YPP students funded the remaining cost (after the BEF fall grant) of a portable SMART Board for the high school library.
The Youth Philanthropy Program, now in its eighth year, is funded by the BEF’s Charlene Morgan Emerging Leaders Fund and has received additional funding support from the Big Lots Foundation.