FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Teri McNally, Executive Director, (540) 373 9292
The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region
January 14, 2013
(Fredericksburg Region)—The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region awarded $15,600 in grants to area charitable organizations through its Youth in Philanthropy Project (YIP) in the 2012 grant cycle.
YIP is an eight year old program that teaches philanthropy to high school students. YIP was founded on a national model and is the first program of its type in this area. Forty students meet weekly for twenty-two weeks during the grant cycle to review proposals from local charitable organizations that work with area youth to understand and fund societal problems in the region. YIP members learn elements of a good proposal, the importance of a solid budget and, most importantly, how they can help their communities by volunteering their time and talents. The YIP members are mentored by board member John McManus, community volunteers Angela Williams, Josh Cooper and Teri McNally, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.
In the 2012 grant cycle, five organizations listed here received YIP funding:
• Salvation Army was awarded $5,000 for the purchase of ten new high quality brass instruments. These instruments will be used for their after school program that teaches young people how to play instruments in a safe, educational environment.
• Germanna Community College was awarded $5000 for their Middle College program. This program enables students without a high school diploma to receive a GED, community college education, and a workforce certification.
• Empowerhouse was awarded a $2,900 grant for the development of a Youth Task Force on Teen Violence. This program will work to create youth friendly promotional materials and coordinate outreach with various youth groups and organizations in our community to help inform and educate young people about teen violence.
• RACSB's Program for Teen Parents was awarded $1,200 for their program that encourages teen parents to finish their high school education by providing the finances for childcare, education classes, infant CPR, and employment workshops.
• Mayfield Civic Association was granted $1,500 for their project The Strength of Our Community: Reflections on the Lives of the Elders of Mayfield. The project involves high school and college students interviewing and documenting the stories of Mayfield residents who are at least 75 years old and have lived in the neighborhood for at least 50 years. The finished project will be a book that is available to our community and serves as a model for other projects in our country.
For more information about The Community Foundation and its programs, please visit www.cfrrr.org or call Teri McNally, (540) 373 9292.