The Ashtabula Foundation's Youth Philanthropy program was initiated in 2010 with the idea of cultivating the next generation of philanthropists in Ashtabula County. An opportunity to experience the value of charitable giving as one of the most powerful experiences in their youth... a value that will allow 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 and social media of the grant opportunity.
Grant Application Process
Qualifying organizations submit funding requests
Students interview organizations
With the support of their adviser, students choose grant recipients
The Ashtabula Foundation approves funding
Students present grants to organizations
Benefits of Experience for Students
Students have reported that their 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 for 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 and have volunteered their time to continue helping the various organizations in Ashtabula County.
Participating Schools & Advisors
A-Tech, Scott Basen, Robert Archuleta
Edgewood High School, Sharon Nelson
Geneva High School, Marie Best
Grand River Academy, Zac Inman
Grand Valley High School, Carrie Brumit
Jefferson High School, Lisa Paul, Stacy Alexander
Lakeside High School, Colleen Wheeler
Pymatuning Valley High School, Alexis DeMott
Saint John School, MaryAnn Hartwell
Conneaut High School (funding provided by The Conneaut Foundation)