The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s Youth Philanthropy Council held its Gold Acorn Celebration event on Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. at The Grand in New Albany. The Council awards grants to programs that involve youth to area nonprofit organizations and honors youth volunteers in Clark and Floyd counties at this annual event.
The Youth Philanthropy
Council is comprised of students working with adult volunteers who train the
youth in community needs and leadership. The YPC is designed to involve young
people in meaningful ways, to encourage them to give and serve in their communities
and to make philanthropy a habit for future generations. High school students
are nominated for membership on the YPC during the summer and begin participation
in the fall. Students attend workshops to help educate and engage them in the
world of philanthropy, followed by a grant cycle in which non-profit
organizations apply for grants and recipients are selected by members of the
Programs receiving grants
Clark County 4-H Corporation is receiving a grant for Prom
Aid, which is an annual event at which the Junior Leader Club collects slightly
used prom attire, cleans it, and distributes it to teens.
Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services received a grant for arts and activities. The grant
will allow youth in crisis an outlet to express anger, pain, frustration,
creativity, inquisitiveness, and enthusiasm through art projects and/or
Family & Children’s Place received a grant for its BullPup COOL Club. Members
of the COOL Club will plant flowers around Hazelwood Middle School
as a service learning project. The COOL Club is designed to reduce teen
misbehavior, truancy, and academic failure through interactive and creative
opportunities to learn.
Interfaith Community Council, Inc. received a grant for Pack the Bus. This project
provides backpacks filled with school supplies to low income families with
children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program is offered as part
of the national Pack the Bus collaboration.
Jeffersonville High School is receiving a grant for Key Club tutoring. The grant
will pay for supplies, snacks, and games for students as well as background
checks for teen tutors offering weekly tutoring for foster children through a
partnership with Regional Youth Services and Noah's Ark Children's Village.
Miles for Merry Miracles received a grant to provide assistance to less
fortunate families and their children during the Christmas season. The
organization provides shoes, toys, clothes, $25 Kroger gift cards, a Christmas
dinner and a bag full of groceries.
New Albany Floyd County Schools received a grant for the Theatre Arts with Hearts
program. The program is a youth-driven effort within the non-profit Floyd
Central Star Boosters designed to help underserved youth explore the world of
theatre by attending special workshops, events and performances dedicated to or
created for them.
received a grant for its Leading a Horse program. This program will provide
leadership training to small groups of teens from Silver Creek Middle School utilizing
therapy horses in three, two-and-a-half hour sessions.
Providence High School received a grant for its Empty Bowls Event. For Empty
students make ceramic bowls which are sold for donations that go towards local
hunger coalitions and ministries. The goal is to promote the awareness of
hunger issues while promoting the arts through “Artful Service.”
Regional Youth Services received a grant for an Independent Living Trip. In
this program, foster youth will travel to a selected city to visit a college
campus, provide community service, and use skills learned in a bi-monthly group
West Clark Community Schools received a grant for Borden Elves, a program that
provides supplies to create handmade toys for the needy at Christmas which are
then donated to the Salvation Army each year.
In addition to awarding
grants, the Gold Acorn Celebration gives non-profit organizations an
opportunity to honor youth for their volunteer work. The names of the youth,
followed by the organizations which honored them, are below.
Barrett, Green Valley Elementary School
Becht, Terraces of Park Place
Taylor Buckner, Jeffersonville High School
Kaitlynn Ann Davis, Floyd County Teen Court
Interfaith Community Council, Inc.
Gonzalez, Hispanic Ministry of New
Abbey Hunter, Kiwanis Club of
High School Anchor Club
Art Ordonez, Floyd Central
High School Star Boosters
Alexcia Simmons, Boys &
Girls Club of Kentuckiana
Snow, Miles for Merry Miracles
Andrew Snyder, Ed Endres Boys
& Girls Club of Kentuckiana
Sydney Willis, YMCA of
Southern Indiana, Floyd County
Jeffrey Wilson, Rauch, Inc.
Members of the YPC were also
recognized for their participation during the 2011-2012 school year. The names
and schools of the students are listed below.
Abby Dilk, Floyd Central
Davis Elliott, Jeffersonville
Emilee Flispart, Jeffersonville High School
Luke Gillenwater, Silver Creek
Kaitlin Hein, Floyd Central
Adaline Heitz, Floyd Central
Emily Hoffer, New Albany High School
Savannah Hunter, New
Albany High School
Abigail Kimball, New Albany High School
Emily Kunkel, Floyd Central
Macy Lancaster, Jeffersonville High School
Katie Lyon, Jeffersonville High School
Jessica McCormick, Jeffersonville High School
Alyssa Moore, Floyd Central
Shea O’Brien, Jeffersonville High School
Regan Platt, Floyd Central
Ryan Plunkett, Floyd Central
Morgan Reilly, Jeffersonville High School
Major Ricke, New Albany High School
Temple Ricke, New Albany High School
Austin Traylor, Silver Creek
Gannon Yeaton, Floyd Central