Teaching teens how to change the world starts at home
We believe that adults are not the only ones who can take part in local giving. Through our innovative Youth in Philanthropy program, middle school and high students across MetroWest are discovering the power of philanthropy by working in teams to help us select and award grants to local youth-serving nonprofits.
Since 1997, our Youth in Philanthropy program has engaged more than 1,250 youth, who awarded more than $1,100,000 in grants to hundreds of nonprofits. One of the first and largest programs of its kind, the Foundation for MetroWest now offers a dozen Youth in Philanthropy sessions annually, including intensive Summer Institutes for Youth Leadership.
As enthusiasm for this powerful youth leadership model spreads across the region, our programs continue to grow. After a successful independent evaluation in 2014, our Board of Trustees approved a five-year strategic plan to dramatically increase the program’s reach.
In 2015, the Foundation continued to introduce new programs across MetroWest and offered the Summer Institute for Youth Leadership for a second year. In 2016, in addition to launching three new programs, the Foundation received a major gift to explore strategies to ensure that the program is sustainable for years to come. Look for exciting new programs and initiatives in 2017!
Together, let’s help more of MetroWest’s youth grow into philanthropists.