Students get hands-on philanthropy experience

School isn’t just about education for students.

It’s a way to be a part of something bigger, like giving back to the community.

Announced last week, Centre PACT — Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens, a branch of the Centre Foundation — gave more than $5,000 in grants to local organizations.

This year, four nonprofits received chunks of the grants.

“Since September, these amazing students have rolled up their sleeves and learned about philanthropy in a very hands-on way, learning everything from granting to fundraising,” Centre Foundation Executive Director Molly Kunkel said in a statement. “They have made such an impact, and in the areas that really speak to them. It’s been so inspiring to watch these young philanthropists grow during the course of this program.”

Student participants created their own grant application process for organizations interested in the funding, a report from the Centre Foundation said.

The students then reviewed the applications, and finalists received a site visit to see how the grant could help the organization.

“The grant application process and site visits allowed the students to learn more about the nuts and bolts of granting, as well as provided them with a window into how nonprofits operate,” Kunkel said.

The first $1,000 was provided by the Centre Foundation. The remainder of the money for the grant came though a separate campaign to help fund the organizations.

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2016 Grants

▪  State College Area students Jaia Clingham-David and Zoe Small presented a $687.50 check to Centre County Library & Historical Museum’s Lisa Ericsson for a collection of LGBTQ books and college preparatory materials.

▪ State College Area students Joey and Nick Feffer presented $1,187.50 to Theresa Mast, of Centre County YMCA, for the Moshannon Valley’s “Aspire Program,” an alternative physical education credit course for students who are bullied or cannot complete gym class and do not want to receive a failing grade.

▪ Bella DiNallo, of State College, and Wylie McCullough presented $1,512.50 to Marissa Vicere, of the Jana Marie Foundation, for its Resilience Training program.

▪ State College Area student Hope Bodenschatz presented $1,637.50 to the Penns Valley Youth Center’s Darren Narber.

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