We can be very proud of our Teen Philanthropists!
Under the direction of the Teen Funder Co-ordinator, Jeffrey Scheer, the group met in twice in the past year to consider grant requests to charities from a Pooled Fund. Over the past years, the Teen Funders have made grants of over $47,000. After much consideration & negotiation, they distributed a total of $6,440 to the following 11 programs:
Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.- $700 The mission of Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) is to help at-risk middle school and high school students (boys and girls) stay in school and earn their high school diplomas, while providing invaluable part-time work experience and job skills to help prepare them for life after graduation.
Syracuse Jewish Family Service – $400 – Planning to FLOURISH: Lunchtime Conversations About Aging Well, which brings SJFS’s experts in aging to area businesses to offer advice, information and support on eldercare-giving to all those Moms and Dads who work there. They go to the workplace because these super-busy people just can’t find the extra time to go somewhere else to get help.
Menorah Park of Central New York – $200 Menorah Park has just installed Sodexo’s Connected Living Program, a free, downloadable application for smartphones, tablet, i-phone, or e-device to view menus, calendars, special events, and photos at Menorah Park. The program empowers the residents to be able to use these devices as well as to be able to take advantage of all Connected Living is able to offer to them. This program will have afternoon sessions for students to work with the residents on various platforms.
Syracuse City Ballet, Inc. – $350 Syracuse Ballet will be having its first ever sensory friendly performance this year. Its aim is that each child will be well prepared to enjoy the experience in his or her own unique way in an environment that will be welcoming and totally non-judgmental. The funds will go towards ticket purchases for sensory-challenged children so they can attend regardless of their family’s economic circumstances.
Friends of AKIM USA, Inc.- $490 To support its “Equal in Uniform Program”– a national 2-year inclusive training and service program that integrates young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This grant will help AKIM Israel improve the pre-military training level to have more hours of training and staff.
Fayetteville-Manlius A Better Chance Program, Inc. – $500 Gives talented young women a “better chance” to succeed and meet their highest potential by providing a highly structured program with weekly chores, required hours of study and academic standards to meet. The FM Better Chance house, in the village of Manlius, provides a home for 6 girls, from outside our community, to live while they attend the FM high school. Since its inception, seventy-nine girls have graduated.
MOST (Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology) – $500 To support the Science Learning Partnership program with the Syracuse City School District to provide science, technology, engineering and math education in a fun and engaging way for children of all ages through hands-on experiments and workshops.
Arise, Inc. – $700 To support Adventure Based Counseling, their innovative approach to group counseling. Children with ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders will go to Highland Forest for adventure-based experiences with transportation, food and activities provided with therapists.
On Point for College – $800 To purchase college essentials for 10 new college students. On Point helps with college applications, provides a summer orientation to help ensure that students will be successful, provides a full suite of college supplies, including dorm room bedding, backpacks, notebooks, thumb drives, towels, shampoo, etc.,
Vera House – $800 Works to end domestic and sexual violence and elder abuse within Onondaga County. This is to support the creation of a Children’s Waiting Area to provide a safe space for children to begin their healing journey.
American Friends of Leket Israel – $1,000 This organization is a food program in Israel. This will specifically enable the collection and redelivery of 7,000 lbs. of wholesome food directly to disadvantaged children and youth at-risk.