The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has announced that its 2021 Youth Philanthropy program awarded $25,000 in grants to 14 local nonprofits.
Youth Philanthropy provides students at the five local high schools a hands-on learning experience in philanthropy. Participating students review grant proposals, discuss their community impact, and make difficult granting decisions to fund local nonprofit initiatives.
Last December, 24 nonprofits submitted grant applications, and the high school Youth Philanthropy committees met throughout the winter to review applications and decide which projects to support.
This year, more than 30 students from Jackson Hole High School, Summit Innovations School, Mountain Academy of Teton Science Schools, Jackson Hole Community School, and Jackson Hole Classical Academy participated in the Youth Philanthropy program.
The grant proposals they reviewed represented a wide array of art, conservation, health and human services, and educational programs in Teton County. Each year, the Community Foundation honors an exemplary senior in the Youth Philanthropy program with a $1,500 college scholarship and $500 to donate to the nonprofit of their choice.
This year, Mountain Academy senior Abigail Heimerl received the Future Ms. Old Bill Scholarship.