ABUW Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is a unique after-school program at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (ABRHS) under the umbrella of Acton-Boxborough United Way (ABUW). It provides students with direct, hands-on experience with all aspects of grant-making in the Acton-Boxborough area. In the process, they learn community needs assessment; critical-thinking and leadership skills; fundraising; and how to translate passion for a cause into action.
Youth in Philanthropy Includes:
- Training: In philanthropy, nonprofits, budgets, community needs assessment, proposal review, and grant making. Students participate in community service projects for local organizations.
- Fundraising: Students are collectively responsible for raising a minimum of $1,000 towards the $10,000 grant pool.
- Grant Making: YIP students evaluate proposal requests for grants to local programs and make site visits to applicant organizations. They then deliberate, come to consensus on grant allocations, and present their funding recommendations to ABUW Board members, their parents and ABRHS staff.
- Check Presentation: At the end of the program, at the ABRHS Community Service Night in January, students make a formal presentation of the grant awards to the school community and to the successful applicants.
- Leadership and Mentoring: The previous year’s YIP students act as mentors and leaders for the new students who join the program.