Youth Philanthropy Overview
The Ashtabula Foundation's Youth Philanthropy program was initiated in 2010 with the idea to cultivate the next generation of philanthropists who would learn the values and attitudes that would enable them to see charity as a vital part of their lives.
Each participating high school, under the direction of an adviser and student volunteer board, receives $5,000 from The Ashtabula Foundation. The philanthropy boards then complete a grant process to solicit grant requests from local charities, including announcements in the newspaper of the availability of grant money.
Grant Application Process:
Qualifying organizations submit funding requests (click here to download Grant Application)
Students interview organizations
With support of the adviser, students choose grant recipients
The Ashtabula Foundation approves funding
Students present gifts to grant awardees at ceremony
Benefits of Experience for Students
After the grant process is complete, the high school youth philanthropy board makes a report to the Board of Trustees of The Ashtabula Foundation. Students have reported that the experience was very rewarding. It gave them the opportunity to see what the needs are in the community and to learn about the agencies that provide services to those in need. Students have also found opportunities to volunteer beyond their service on the youth philanthropy board. They have led food and clothing drives to assist agencies that help those in need in their areas, or have volunteered their time to continue helping the various organizations.
Conneaut High School
Edgewood High School
Geneva High School
Grand River Academy
Grand Valley High School
Jefferson High School
Lakeside High School
Pymatuning Valley High School
St. John School
For updates and news releases about the schools' philanthropy boards, please see the news section.