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Youth Philanthropy Club

Youth Philanthropy Club

What would you do with $5,000? Most teenagers would think of how many pizzas or video games that could be bought, but a group of our Grand River Academy students are putting a different spin on holiday spending. Through a partnership with the Ashtabula Foundation, GRA has created a Youth Philanthropy Club on campus.

The Ashtabula Foundation provides each school in Ashtabula County the opportunity to award $5,000 in local grants to area non-profits. Beyond this criteria, our club has the leeway to chart its own path, which is just what it has done. Our group of students, from all grade levels and academic interests, set several guidelines including a deadline of December 2nd for applications, and their desire to visit the locations of grant requests. They want to make a difference.

Kristen Kitchen, our Director of Advancement, and I as co-advisors of the club are encouraged by the students' interest and deep thoughts on the issues in our community. The questions they have asked, and discussions we have had on systemic concerns in Ashtabula and nation wide, show me the value of exploring a community. Not only will this new adventure for GRA help our students gain a greater appreciation for philanthropy and create a culture of giving back, but it will also instill the value of being a change agent no matter where in life they reside.

Local non-profit organizations are permitted to apply to no more than two Youth Philanthropy groups in Ashtabula County, and each application should be for different projects. If you are interested in applying to the Grand River Academy Youth Philanthropy Club prior to the December 2nd deadline, please contact Club Advisor Kristen Kitchen at 440-275-2811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

(Pictured is Ashtabula Foundation Board Member Tim Green visiting some of the GRA Philanthropy Club at its most recent meeting. Students include from left to right Micah '19, Tommy '18, Chris '18, Noah '18, Zak '18, and Alex '19)

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