Youth Advisory Committee Formed at The Luzerne Foundation Student Run Group to Research and Award Grants
Students from area high schools across Luzerne County have become members of a newly formed Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) at The Luzerne Foundation to learn the fundamentals and importance of charitable giving in the community. At the conclusion of the school year, the YAC will award $15,000 in grants to area nonprofit groups.
The 19 YAC members are 9-12 grade students from seven schools and will spend the year completing assignments such as a community needs assessment, grant reviews, prospective recipient site visits and the awarding of the grants. Additionally, the group will raise funds, plan events and solicit potential donors.
“Our goal is to teach the youth of our community about the fundamentals and responsibility of philanthropy,” noted Charles Barber, President/CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “The YAC will give them an opportunity to find out more about the needs in our community, understand the limitations of funding and enjoy the good feelings that come with making a difference.”