LTHS seeking Changemakers
Approximately 15 LTHS upperclassmen will have an opportunity to help award up to $30,000 in grants to local organizations thanks to a program run by Community Memorial Foundation. Young Community Changemakers (YC2) is a leadership development program designed to educate and empower local youth to become the next generation of philanthropists–those who give their time, talent and treasure for the common good. The program is based on the vision that young people need opportunities to develop the skills to be the future leaders and stewards of our community.
Students who join YC2 can make a positive impact in their community while teaming up with other high school students. Participants will visit local organizations, delve into community needs and grant money to important causes. Unlike other volunteer opportunities, YC2 puts the decision-making power directly into the hands of students, empowering them to be a changemakers in their communities.
Sixty students from Hinsdale Central High School, Lyons Township High School, Riverside Brookfield High School and Nazareth Academy will be selected as Young Community Changemakers. Program curricula begins with students exploring social challenges in their community, and learning philanthropic theory and organizational evaluation. Students will review grant applications from local organizations, conduct site visits, and at the end of the semester-long program, award up to $30,000 to nonprofit organizations that further the mission and vision of Community Memorial Foundation.
All program sessions will be held online until further notice. The students will be divided into two cohorts: one cohort of 30 students from LT and Nazareth; the other, comprised of 30 students from Hinsdale Central and RB. Both cohorts will meet concurrently from 1:30PM–4:00PM.
Participants can expect to gain the following:
- Critical leadership skills
- An understanding of the importance of philanthropy
- Connection with other students
- Knowledge of nonprofit organizations and their important role in our community
- The opportunity to build your resume and potentially earn service hours
- An altruistic understanding and collaborative skill set
- The opportunity to have a real impact on our community