Youth and Philanthropy is an initiative designed to provide youth with the opportunity to take an active role in their communities and think about how philanthropy can become an important part of their lives. The program inspires and provides youth with a greater understanding of current community needs, explore individual leadership abilities, participate in team-building activities, learn about charitable giving, develop a grant application, receive and review grants, and to invest money in community programs that are making a difference for local residents and 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.
"The program has helped me understand how valuable philanthropy is to nonprofit organizations and the community." Anonymous, YAP 2015
“Through YAP I learned that I could voice my opinions in a large group and have others listen to and consider what I said. I was also able to better my ability to listen to others and take their opinions into consideration.” Anonymous, YAP 2014
"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!" Jisso Ha, YAP 2017
Thank you to
Karen Brown, Cornell University
Myriah Fitterer, YAP Volunteer Leader