The kids are alright!

Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council has come through for four major Louisville efforts.

Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council held their Annual End of the Year Celebration Dinner at Big Spring Country Club on March 11 to announce the recipients of $20,000 in grant funding.

A student-led presentation awarded funding to Seven Counties Services, Our Lady of Peace, Family Scholar House and the Cabbage Patch Settlement House.

Our Lady of Peace, a psychiatric facility operated by KentuckyOne Health, recieved $5,000.

Cabbage Patch Settlement House, a Christian nonprofit community support facility that helps empower at-risk children, received $6,880.

Seven Counties Services, a major provider of behavioral health care and developmental services, received $5,000

Family Scholar House, which provides single-parent students the support they need — including housing — to earn a four-year college degree., received $3,120.

Two separate councils of LYPC’s class of 31 students selected the nonprofit organizations to receive the money – $5,000 per council. That money was matched by an anonymous donor, according to a news release.

From the release:

LYPC students have spent the year executing the grant making processes.  Their councils selected their own missions: Team Passion Punch’s mission was to support organizations that provide emotional, therapeutic, and/or financial support and stability for families in poverty.

They ultimately narrowed down their grant recipients to programs at the Family Scholar House and Cabbage Patch Settlement House. Team Social Butterflies’ mission was to support organizations that provide therapy to teenagers in a low-socioeconomic status with mental health issues. They designated their grant funding to programs at Seven Counties Services and Our Lady of Peace. The council members interviewed multiple non-profit applicants in a competitive process.

J.P. Davis of the University of Louisville served as master of ceremonies and the recipient organizations received their checks at the dinner. The students also shared anecdotes from the council year and the Student of the Year, Julee Strong, a senior at Fairdale High School, was honored for her commitment to LYPC, according to the release.

Students learn about more than just giving money through this program—they also learn about all aspects of philanthropy and develop important leadership skills, stated Advisory Board Chair Candy Medina in the release.

Part of the program includes going through the process of asking local foundations for funding in order to secure gifts for the following year’s class. In 2013 LYPC students gave grant money to programs at Kosair Children’s Hospital, Orphan Care Alliance, and Boys and Girls Haven.

About Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council: LYPC is a nonprofit organization that gives teenagers (from any school in the Louisville area, grades 9-12) the opportunity to learn how to run a nonprofit, 501(c)3 philanthropic foundation, giving away over $10,000 in funding and teaching students how they can make a true impact on their community.

Meeting throughout the school year, the council develops a philanthropic mission, researches and interviews organizations with programs that fulfill that mission, makes site visits, and ultimately decides how to distribute $5,000 in grant money.  The council members are also charged with raising the $5,000 in grant money for the following year’s class.

For more information, see their website here.