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JOHNSTOWN — The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Youth Philanthropy Interns have released two Requests for Proposals – each of which will award up to $25,000.

The interns have been assessing community needs through research, site visits, and interviews and have determined a need for two different programs. One would reduce alcohol consumption, violence, and experimentation (R.A.V.E.) among teens by providing alternative activities. The other initiative would facilitate networking and civic pride to inspire tomorrow’s local leaders. Both funding opportunities could be implemented in Bedford, Cambria, and/or Somerset counties.

  1. R.A.V.E. aims to provide high school students with engaging activities for after-school events to prevent substance abuse because “the best memories are the ones you can remember.” R.A.V.E. will lead students toward a healthier life and a more productive high school career. Choices that students make while in high school affect them for the rest of their lives, and the increased opportunity and availability of alternative activities will hopefully influence teens to make the right choices.
  2. The Youthful Direction Initiative intends to invest and involve our community’s youth to increase respect for and engagement in our region. It will do so by demonstrating local heritage, businesses, and attractions to youth through a structured program, that will culminate with a service project. This initiative will combat our community’s lack of civic pride and encourage engagement of talented, young adults. By investing and involving today’s youth in the community, we will cultivate tomorrow’s local leaders.

The deadline for proposals to be submitted to the Foundation is noon on Thursday, August 6. Applications will be evaluated by the teams of interns and will culminate with a grant announcement and check presentation on August 14. Organizations designated as 501(c)3, as well as governmental entities from the Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties, may submit proposals.

There are two teams of Youth Philanthropy Interns. One team is led by Mikella Buncich and includes: Hayden Spangler, Tabitha Weaver, David Saylor, and Kylee Farabaugh. The other team is led by Ryan King and includes: Mikita Hill-Cashaw, Joshua Wagner, Kate McGrath, and Leah Sprock. The internship is made possible through a grant from The Heinz Endowments.

Click here to download the R.A.V.E request for proposals.

Click here to download the Youthful Direction Initiative request for proposals.

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