01/08: Plugged In Receives Youth and Community Grant
Plugged In receives a $1,000 Youth and Community grant from the Crossroads Community Foundation Youth in Philanthropy program at Needham High School.
As part of the Youth in Philanthropy program, Crossroads partners with local schools to teach students about the process of philanthropy and the needs of the MetroWest community. Led by a designated site coordinator from Crossroads, each group, which typically consists of about 15 students, receives training on nonprofit organizations, reviews professionally written grant proposals and visits local nonprofits to better understand the lives affected by their participation. The students are then empowered with grant making decisions under the oversight of Crossroads’ Distribution Committee and Board of Trustees. Students are given the decision-making responsibility of awarding up to $10,000 in grants to MetroWest nonprofit organizations serving children and youth. Students use the same processes followed by Crossroads to make their decisions: They consider the merits of competing proposals, reach consensus and present their recommendations to the board. The grant awarded to Plugged In is for the scholarship fund.