Students from area high schools across Luzerne County have become members of a newly formed Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) at The Luzerne Foundation to learn the fundamentals and importance of charitable giving in the community. At the conclusion of the school year, the YAC will award $15,000 in grants to area nonprofit groups.
The 19 YAC members are 9-12 grade students from seven schools and will spend the year completing assignments such as a community needs assessment, grant reviews, prospective recipient site visits and the awarding of the grants. Additionally, the group will raise funds, plan events and solicit potential donors.
“Our goal is to teach the youth of our community about the fundamentals and responsibility of philanthropy,” noted Charles Barber, President/CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “The YAC will give them an opportunity to find out more about the needs in our community, understand the limitations of funding and enjoy the good feelings that come with making a difference.”
Row 1 Left to right: Dana Carrato, MMI; Roshan Patel, WVW; Janki Patel, WVW; Madison Dowd, SEM; Carrie Pozaic, Wyo. Area: Nesli Akinci, SEM; Mackenize Bilbow, Wyo. Area; Soprina Guarneri; MMI; Alexis Davison, Holy Redeemer.
Row 2 Left to right: Brian Wisowaty, Wyo. Area; Michael Conlon, Holy Redeemer; Bailey Hamilton, Nanticoke; Andrew Casper, Holy Redeemer; Emily Wolfgang, Wyo. Area; Abigail Straub, SEM Olivia Minzola, MMI; Madison Nardone, SEM.
Absent were: Matthew Straub, Haz. Area; Francesca Trottini, Wyo Area.