JHCA students participate in Community Foundation Philanthropy program

This spring semester the 10th-12th grade students at JH Classical Academy have had the opportunity to participate in Jackson Hole’s Youth Philanthropy program. For the past few years the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has funded grants to local organizations and allowed high school students to choose which causes they would like to donate to. According to the Community Foundation’s website, “Applying for a Youth Philanthropy grant is a great way to introduce your organization to local youth and to help young people understand the role of nonprofits in our community.”
This has been the first year that JH Classical Academy has participated, and JHCA students are excited and grateful for the chance to learn more about philanthropy and be involved in the greater community. Sarah Tallerico ‘22 said, “It’s great to have the opportunity to give back more to the community,” and noted that she and her classmates did not have much difficulty deciding on which organizations they wanted to donate to. “The majority of the time we easily agreed on which things we valued most,” she said.
Students have been meeting since January, every Thursday at lunch, and evaluating proposals from local organizations. “They have slowly but surely been decided which proposals fit their mission and values as a groups,” said Mrs. Hughes, who has been leading these meetings alongside Mr. Hughes. “We pose questions to guide their discussions, but the decision is all up to them,” she said. Hanne Sommers described the decision process, saying, “We decided who has the best cause, looked at how they are using their money, and decided if they are using it well.”
The Community Foundation gave JH Classical Academy $5,000 to award to four local organizations in different categories. Students’ final decisions were the Center for the Arts, which proposed building refillable water stations; the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, which proposed giving park passes to less fortunate families; Boundless, which proposed creating opportunities for youth education; and the Good Samaritan Mission, which proposed expanding their food program for children. About this decision process, Mrs. Hughes said, “It was amazing to see individual students’ passions come out, and it reveals to them who they are and what they care about.” JHCA is thankful to the Community Foundation for their generosity and to the upper class students for their thoughtfulness!

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