Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Youth Voice in Philanthropy

Youth philanthropy interns from CFWC serve meals to customers at Knead Community Cafe in New Kensington, the region's only pay what you can restaurant.
Youth philanthropy interns from CFWC serve meals to customers at Knead Community Cafe in New Kensington, the region's only pay what you can restaurant.

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC) believes that engaging youth voice in philanthropy is essential to building a better Westmoreland community. Our youth engagement programs empower young leaders with the knowledge and skills they will need to address community issues now, and in the future.

CFWC has a history rooted in supporting youth philanthropy. In 1998, just three years after CFWC’s founding, the organization launched a Youth Advisory Council (YAC), which engaged students in grades 8-12 from local school districts in learning about community issues. Early leaders at CFWC set up an endowed fund to support this youth engagement effort. The YAC was unfortunately dissolved in 2007 due to insufficient resources.

In 2017, CFWC made a renewed commitment to engaging youth voice. CFWC launched two new youth engagement programs to better engage a diverse cross-section of youth from Westmoreland County. These programs are supported by grant funding from The Heinz Endowments.

Youth Philanthropy Internship Program

The Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship Program (YPIP) is a 7-week paid internship program for high school juniors and seniors in Westmoreland County. A replication of the Heinz Endowments successful program, the purpose of the internship is to involve Westmoreland County youth in learning about philanthropy, interacting with local nonprofit organizations, and helping to address pressing community needs. The internship culminates with youth evaluating grant proposals from local nonprofit organizations and awarding $50,000 in grant funding.

Youth Philanthropy Workshops

CFWC will be hosting workshops throughout the year to explore different facets of philanthropy with youth from different communities within Westmoreland County. This program is currently under development. Please check back soon for additional details.

For more information about our youth philanthropy efforts, please call 724-836-4400 or contact us via email:

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