February 22, 2020
MetroWest Youth Award $86K to 26 Area Nonprofits

June 13, 2016 — The Foundation for MetroWest last week announced that students in its Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program have awarded $86,500 in grants to 26 nonprofits that look to enrich the lives of MetroWest youth.

“Youth in Philanthropy is a proven youth development leadership program,” said Judith G. Salerno, executive director of the Foundation for MetroWest. “Our innovative program encourages young people to look beyond themselves and see how they can make an impact in their own community.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • A Place to Turn: $3,500
  • Babson College Office of Faith and Service: $3,000
  • Care Dimensions: $1,000
  • Doc Wayne Youth Services: $4,325
  • English at Large: $4,500
  • Families for Depression Awareness: $3,000
  • Friends of Resiliency for Life: $5,000
  • Hope and Comfort: $5,000
  • Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program: $2,000
  • Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary: $2,500
  • MinuteMan Arc: $1,000
  • More Than Words: $2,400
  • Open Table: $3,500
  • Parmenter: $4,000
  • Plugged in Teen Band Program: $3,500
  • Read to a Child: $5,000
  • Rediscovery Inc.: $5,000
  • Resiliency for Life: $2,400
  • Rise Above Foundation: $4,000
  • Save A Dog: $1,500
  • The Discovery Museums: $1,500
  • The Food Project: $3,200
  • United Way of Tri-County’s Ready to Read program: $3,675
  • Waltham Fields Community Farm: $4,000
  • Waypoint Adventure: $5,000
  • Wildflower Camp Foundation: $3,000
Participating students from Concord Academy, Concord-Carlisle High School, The Fenn School, Middlesex School, and Nashoba Brooks School, in addition to students participating in community-based programs in Sudbury, Natick, and Wellesley, reviewed grant proposals, conducted site visits, and made final decisions on grant distributions.

As one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind, the Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program teaches teens to become civic experts and leaders through studying the philanthropic process and awarding grants.

Since 1997, the Youth in Philanthropy program has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants to hundreds of nonprofits while engaging over 1,100 youth. The foundation currently offers 14 programs that will engage more than 250 middle and high school students in 2016.

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. MetroWest is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.

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