Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council hopes to diversify

The Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council is now recruiting for its 2022-2023 class, and the group is hoping to diversify its applicants.LYPC Executive Director Ina Miller said the organization “is basically creating the next generation of community leaders through hands on philanthropic learning,” and she hopes to teach high school aged students that philanthropists come from all backgrounds.LYPC was established in 2005. Miller explained how it works, saying the non-profit recruits 45 students each year, splits them into three groups, and gives each group $5,000 to donate to a charity of their choosing. Over the course of eight months (August – March) the students meet on various Saturdays to learn about charitable giving, raising funds, becoming community leaders and beyond. “We bring in a variety of speakers so this whole journey that they’re on is getting to see the community’s needs,” Miller said. “They get to see how people are using philanthropy. They get to do that exact same thing—learn and then impact.”In the past few years, philanthropic missions have ranged from pediatric cancer, to mental health assistance to help for the homeless. This year brings new missions and a new class of 45 students. Student Minhal Nazeer enjoyed the program so much, she’s participated twice and has become the first student board member. “I definitely feel like it doesn’t feel like something I’m giving up my time for,” Nazeer said. “It’s something that I love to do. It never feels like work.”Nazeer has some advice for potential applicants. “I think if you’re interested in social justice work in general but you don’t think philanthropy is something you’re interested in, that’s the best person to apply, because you don’t realize how much that will impact all of the other work you do.” Nazeer said it’s helped shape the way she thinks about her future.Miller said the focus is not on an applicant’s grades, rather their passion and commitment to philanthropic work. In this next class, Miller hopes to convey that anyone can make a difference. The deadline to apply for the high school LYPC program is June 30. Applicants are welcome from Jefferson and surrounding counties. You can learn more here.

The Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council is now recruiting for its 2022-2023 class, and the group is hoping to diversify its applicants.

LYPC Executive Director Ina Miller said the organization “is basically creating the next generation of community leaders through hands on philanthropic learning,” and she hopes to teach high school aged students that philanthropists come from all backgrounds.

LYPC was established in 2005. Miller explained how it works, saying the non-profit recruits 45 students each year, splits them into three groups, and gives each group $5,000 to donate to a charity of their choosing. Over the course of eight months (August – March) the students meet on various Saturdays to learn about charitable giving, raising funds, becoming community leaders and beyond.

“We bring in a variety of speakers so this whole journey that they’re on is getting to see the community’s needs,” Miller said. “They get to see how people are using philanthropy. They get to do that exact same thing—learn and then impact.”

In the past few years, philanthropic missions have ranged from pediatric cancer, to mental health assistance to help for the homeless. This year brings new missions and a new class of 45 students. Student Minhal Nazeer enjoyed the program so much, she’s participated twice and has become the first student board member.

“I definitely feel like it doesn’t feel like something I’m giving up my time for,” Nazeer said. “It’s something that I love to do. It never feels like work.”

Nazeer has some advice for potential applicants. “I think if you’re interested in social justice work in general but you don’t think philanthropy is something you’re interested in, that’s the best person to apply, because you don’t realize how much that will impact all of the other work you do.” Nazeer said it’s helped shape the way she thinks about her future.

Miller said the focus is not on an applicant’s grades, rather their passion and commitment to philanthropic work. In this next class, Miller hopes to convey that anyone can make a difference.

The deadline to apply for the high school LYPC program is June 30. Applicants are welcome from Jefferson and surrounding counties. You can learn more here.

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