The Colorado Academy Youth Philanthropy Program ended its third year by Awarding grants to four nonprofit organizations.

Focused on philanthropy as an instrument of empowerment, the student board surveyed the CA student body for input on the issues that mattered to them and determined that supporting access to education would be the theme of its efforts this year.

CA students then nominated nonprofit organizations that provide access to education for consideration by the CA Youth Philanthropy Program. Thirty different organizations were nominated and after research, discussion, and voting, eight organizations were sent requests for grant proposals. The Philanthropy Program Student Board then chose to award grants totaling $9,000 to the following nonprofit organizations that support access to education: AfricAid (supports girls’ education in Africa including the partnership school shown in the photo above), Asociación CREAR (provides educational opportunities for young people in Costa Rica), Champa House (helps young Denver mothers obtain GEDs and other life skills), and Florence Crittenton Services (educates to empower teen mothers to become productive community members in Colorado).

“This year was a great example of the serious, meaningful work that young people can do without adult control.”

Students run the CA Youth Philanthropy Program. Program director Paul Kim says,
“This year was a great example of the serious, meaningful work that young people can do without adult control.” Congratulations to the 2013-2014 board members for their exemplary service.

The Lower School Philanthropy Board researched and discussed 11 different local organizations that support animal welfare. Under the leadership of program director Jeff Goldstein, board members made presentations to Lower School students and voted to designate its $1,000 grant to Freedom Service Dogs.

CA believes that philanthropy is a powerful educational tool. We would like to thank the community for its support again this year.