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Youth and Philanthropy

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 over eighteen years ago, and now over 200 students from every school district in Tompkins County have participated in the United Way of Tompkins County's Youth and Philanthropy Program. This program is made possible from funding received by the Triad Foundation. 

"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


Interested in nominating a student for the YAP Program 2019?
All community members are invited to submit nominations for students in Tompkins County schools. 
We are accepting nominations Fall, 2019

For more information on the YAP Program: Click Here 

To nominate a student: Click here


Interested in applying to the YAP Grant Fund?
Applications Open: 9/12/2019

Applications Close: 10/18/2019
To learn more: Click here 

To apply: Click here