Youth In Philanthropy
The Latino Family Fund is dedicated to increasing Latino participation in formalized philanthropy, providing grants to local non-profits, and instilling a commitment to giving and leadership in the community. The Youth in Philanthropy and Leadership Program is a primary method for achieving these goals. The program empowers GUSD middle school students to lead the grant-giving process by providing the necessary skills and resources to identify local needs, prioritize support, and award grants to non-profit organizations.
Through the Youth in Philanthropy and Leadership Program, LFF aims to increase student participation in formalized philanthropy and community service, as well as school and community leadership opportunities. Students will learn about the connection between leadership, service, academics, and life success through regular meetings, community service activities, and guest speakers.
LFF and the school will jointly support the program by providing a three-year grant of $500 per year, planning and facilitating meetings, identifying and selecting grant recipients, arranging guest speakers, and participating in all program activities as needed. School staff will identify 15-20 students per school for participation in the program and maintain communication among staff, students, and parents.
The Youth in Philanthropy and Leadership Program is an excellent opportunity for GUSD middle school students to develop their leadership, community service, and academic potential, while making a positive impact on the local community.
- Increasing the student participation in formalized philanthropy and community service.
- Increasing the student participation in school and community leadership opportunities.
- Increasing the student understanding of the connection between leadership, service, academics and life success.
- Parent/Student Orientation Dinner.
- Eight (45 min.) meetings with students, school representatives and LFF mentors.
- Define philanthropy, community service, leadership and advocacy.
- Identify areas of local need and prioritize areas for support.
- Identify and learn about local non-profits.
- Design application process and criteria to select grant recipients.
- Review applications, interview and select grant recipients.
- Present grant at Gilroy Foundation Annual Awards Event.
- Guest speakers
- Parent/Student/Staff/Mentor De-Brief Meeting.
- College Visitation (encouraged)
Commitments (Latino Family Fund and School:)
- LFF will provide three-year grant to a school selected to participate in the program; $500 each year.
- LFF will fund and participate in the Parent/Student Orientation Dinner.
- LFF Mentors will plan, attend and facilitate YIP meetings (Mentors are asked to participate a minimum of 10 hours per school.)
- LFF Mentors will assist in soliciting non-profit grant applications.
- LFF Mentors will arrange for guest speakers.
- LFF Mentors will participate in all program activities as needed.
- The school will identify a contact person and assign staff to support and participate in program activities.
- School staff will meet with students periodically to assist students in preparation for YIP meetings and identify other leadership and academic success opportunities for students.
- School staff will identify 15-20 students per school for participation in the program.
- School staff will maintain communication among staff, students and parents.