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. 

In 2017, CFWC made a renewed commitment to engaging youth voice. CFWC launched a youth engagement program to better engage a diverse cross-section of youth from Westmoreland County. This program is 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.

APPLY FOR FUNDING

Application period for 2019 is open.

The Requests for Proposals (RFPs) were designed by our high-school and college age Youth Philanthropy Interns, who are completing a 7-week internship program at CFWC this summer. Our youth interns have chosen to provide grants to organizations addressing the following:

  • Meeting Basic Needs of Families and Adults: Food and Housing – For projects or programs that support the basic needs of food and housing to ultimately empower families and adults (age 16+) to become self-sustaining and successful members of society. The goal is to provide these opportunities through housing insecurity programs, food insecurity programs, and transportation for those in need of physical access to those services. Grants will be in the range of $5,000-$20,000. 
  • Support of Teenage Career Development – For projects or programs that specifically address the need for a focus on successful post-secondary transitions among teens, ages 13-19, who fall under 200% of the federal poverty line. The goal is to provide this by supporting programs that allow for educational and professional groundwork through training, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Grants will be in the range of $5,000-$20,000. 

All grant applications must be completed through the Foundation’s online system and are due by midnight on Sunday, July 28, 2019. 

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Selected applicants will be notified by Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.  They will be asked to send a representative to a check presentation ceremony at 5 p.m. at the The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County's office on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.

Please share this information with organizations that may be interested in applying for this funding opportunity.

For more information or questions, please call 724-836-4400 or contact us via email: