Youth in Philanthropy Groups Award Grants

Berwick Area High School YIP
Back row L to R: Megan Dalo; Kaitlyn Boucek; Tegan Shortlidge; Graham Marshman; Emily Ouimet; Renny Murphy. Middle row L to R: Angeni Peters; Gianna Miller; Taylor Woodeshick; Nick Pajovich; Abigail Seely; Alicia Dent; Maya Kile; Gabby Segura. Front row L to R: Chris Lehman, Ronald McDonald House; Eileen Chapman, AGAPE; Gordon Calvert, North Branch Young Life; Karri Harter, Beyond Violence; Olivia Slusser, For the Cause; Teresa Peters, For the Cause; Ian Missien, Berwick Area School District.

From Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is a philanthropic-oriented education program offered by the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. The purpose of the program is for youth to understand the meaning of philanthropy, learn about the local nonprofit world and take part in the grantmaking process. Through this program, students are empowered to make a positive impact in their communities now and in the future.

YIP groups, consisting of approximately 15 high school students from eight local school districts: Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech, Danville, Northwest, Shikellamy and Warrior Run, held their end-of-year grant ceremony on Tuesday, April 30 at Danville Area High School.

Central Columbia Area High School YIP
Back row L to R: Alec Horton; Koy Seesholtz; Alison Groshek; Emma Crawford; Bianca LaFata; Jonah Klock; Cameron Jennings; Maiah Farley. Middle row L to R: Morgan Mungo; Caroline Stout; Erica Miller; Kaitlin Costanza; Elizabeth Mitchell; Natalie Stere. Front row L to R: Cindy Rupp, Caring Communities for AIDS; Chris Lehmen, Ronald McDonald House; Eileen Chapman, AGAPE; Debbie Smith, EOS; Ginny Weibel, The Children’s Museum; Gail Truax, Nicholas Wolff Foundation; Pam Simpson, Orangeville Public Library; Jan Harris, Central Columbia School District.

Forty-four grants totaling $38,500 were awarded to organizations that included a total of nine Chamber members. At the ceremony, student representatives from each YIP group presented grant awards to a representative from each grantee organization. These grants were funded by the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund, the Central Columbia Educational Foundation, Danville Area Community Foundation, Warrior Run Education Foundation and individual donor contributions. The YIP program is coordinated by Christine Orlando, CSCF Senior Program Officer.

Benton YIP awarded the following grants:
Benton Area Band Booster Club, It’s All About the Bass! Improving Benton’s Band Program, $510
Benton Area School District, Clean Water, Clear Minds, $3,000
Benton Area School District, Feed Every Child for the Summer, $250
Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc. (Camp Victory), KidsKash, $490
Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc., Camp Dost, $500
The Children’s Museum, Inc., Improving Self-Efficacy and Self-Esteem in Benton Area Students, $250

Danville Area High School YIP
Back row L to R: Mavin James; Eric Sees; Paige Holcombe; Maria Montoya; Doug Houser; Riley Outt. Middle row L to R: Coleman Cush; Colton Sidler; Linae Williams; Kylee Cush; Olivia Outt; Andrew Johnson; Lilly Snowden. Front row L to R: Gail Truax, Nicholas Wolff Foundation; Danielle Spaid, Danville Child Development Center; Cindy Powers, The Gatehouse; Ginny Weibel, The Children’s Museum; Gordon Calvert, North Branch Young Life.

Berwick YIP awarded the following grants:
AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community, No Child Left Hungry on the Weekend: AGAPE School Backpack Program, $1,000
Berwick Area School District, Students Overcome and Achieve through Running Program Uniforms, $500
Beyond Violence Inc., Shelter Teen Area, $500
For The Cause, Teen Tech Program, $2,000
North Branch Young Life, Berwick WyldLife Campership Initiative, $500
Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc., Camp Dost, $500

Central Columbia YIP awarded the following grants:
AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community, “Go Green” Cloth Diaper Program, $500
AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community, No Child Left Hungry on the Weekend: AGAPE School Backpack Program, $500
Caring Communities For AIDS, SCORE Conference, $300
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center, Beautification and Safety of Therapeutic Riding Trail, $300
Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc. (Camp Victory), KidsKash, $680
Orangeville Public Library, Summer Reading Program 2019, $700
Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc., Camp Dost, $1,000
Central Columbia School District, SAP Central Family, $500
The Children’s Museum, Inc., Special Needs Nights at the Museum, $520

Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech YIP
Back row L to R: Katlynn Burger; Kyle Koepisch; Aunide Lindner; Destiny Dunkle; Kevin Vo; Gabby Slusser; Liam Ruddy; Natalie Miller; Maverick Kramer; Kiya Mundrick. Front row L to R: Michael Porter, Central PA Business & Education Association; Eileen Chapman, AGAPE; Debbie Smith, EOS; Paula Dickey, CSIU; Ginny Weibel, The Children’s Museum.

Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech YIP awarded the following grants:
AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community, No Child Left Hungry On The Weekend: AGAPE School Backpack Program, $500
AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community, Women in Need (WIN) Program, $500
Angel Blessings, Organization Support, $1,500
Central PA Business & Education Association, College & Career Readiness Programs Outreach, $500
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, YES to the Future, $500
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center, Beautification and Safety of Therapeutic Riding Trail, $500
Single Mothers Individually Living Empowered, Inc., Imagine Phase II, $500
The Children’s Museum, Inc., MAKER Camp: STEM Summer Camp Materials, $500

Danville YIP awarded the following grants:
Danville Child Development Center, Engaging Opportunities for School Age Children, $1,500
Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc. (Camp Victory), KidsKash, $750
North Branch Young Life, Young Life High School Mentorship Expansion and Staff Support, $500
PA Swarm, 2019 Youth Support, $500
The Children’s Museum, Inc., After School STEM with Danville Area Students, $750
Transitional Housing and Care Center of Columbia and Montour County, Care Kit, $1,000

Northwest YIP awarded the following grants:
For The Cause, Teen Tech Program, $2,000
Northwest Area School District, Life Skills Program, $1,000
Northwest Area School District, Ranger Care Closet, $2,000

Shikellamy YIP awarded the following grants:
AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community, “Go Green” Cloth Diaper Program, $2,000
Central PA Business & Education Association, College, Career, and Community Leadership Development, $500
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, YES to the Future, $500
Nicholas Wolff Foundation, Inc. (Camp Victory), KidsKash, $2,000

Warrior Run YIP awarded the following grants:
Father’s Hope, Hope for the Holidays, $400
Warrior Run High School National Honor Society, 6th Annual Special Education Field Day, $3,100