The 32 Kent County high school students who make up Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee want to get teens thinking about philanthropy. That’s why they’re challenging their peers to create a video, audio project or essay that explores the challenges and benefits of a permanent endowment compared to the immediate distribution of a charitable gift.
Up to seven high school students who submit the most original and effective projects will win cash prizes ranging from $125 to $500. Their schools will also be winners. Equal cash awards will be given to the high school departments represented by the teachers designated on the students’ entries.
For this contest, acceptable media formats include a 3 to 5 minute audio or video project, or a 750 to 1,500 word essay. To be considered, entries must be delivered to Grand Rapids Community Foundation, 185 Oakes Street SW by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010. Winners will be announced at the Youth Grant Committee Year End Dinner on May 27, 2010.
About Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee
The Youth Grant Committee is comprised of 32 students representing Kent County’s public, private and homeschools. Youth members work together to award $50,000 in grants each year to programs that benefit youth.
About Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Grand Rapids Community Foundation supports Kent County nonprofits and leads the community in making positive, sustainable change. Its success is connected to the generosity of donors and the expertise of grantee organizations.