Youth and Philanthropy (YAP) empowers youth to take an active role in their community and understand the role of philanthropy in their lives. The program accomplishes its mission by enabling students to take part in a process of grant review benefiting local organizations.
The YAP program was first introduced to Tompkins County sixteen years ago, and now over 200 students from every school district in the T-S-T BOCES District have participated in one of United Way of Tompkins County's Youth and Philanthropy Program. This program is made possible from funding received by the Traid Foundation.
All community members are invited to submit nominations for students in the TST BOCES district.
"Usually as a teenager, you would not expect to be able to deal with $25,000 and act as “adults.” However, YAP was a student centered program where all the decisions were made by teenagers. I learned that we can deal with important topics too!" Jisoo Ha, YAP 2017