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Youth in Philanthropy awards grants

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The 40 Fredericksburg-area high school students of the Community Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy Project have awarded almost $15,000 to local charitable organizations.

Grant recipients include:

  • The disAbility Resource Center, for initiatives to teach independent living skills to youths with disabilities.
  • Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, for mental health support for abused children.
  • King George Summer Lunch Bunch, to feed hungry children in the summer.
  • Rappahannock Legal Services, to support students who want to learn about law, but cannot afford to take on internships.
  • Stafford Junction, to beautify the Olde Forge neighborhood.

The Youth in Philanthropy Project accepts grant proposals each year from local nonprofit organizations that address youth issues. The students in the program then review those proposals and make recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

This year, the program received 15 proposals and recently awarded five grants.

The program, which has been held for a decade, has awarded more than $100,000 in local grants.

Teri McNally, executive director of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, said the program supports youth in two different, but equally important ways.

The students provide youth programs with funds while learning how to think logically, interact with professionals and speak publicly, she said.

“The transformation of these teenagers is amazing,” McNally said. “It’s in how they hold themselves and how they come to these important decisions.”

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