Ocala, FL (May 5, 2020) — Two awards of $500 each were gifted virtually to Voices for Change Animal League (VOCAL) and The Centers during Monday’s concluding celebration of Youth Philanthropy in Action (YPIA) at Grace Christian School via Zoom. Seventh grade students in Mr. Andrew Touchton’s social studies classes received five weeks of instruction about philanthropy, the community, and how to put their efforts into action. Members of the NonProfit Business Council (NPBC) taught the classes and were scheduled to distribute the checks on March 23, the week after spring break, but the coronavirus closed school buildings.
One-day-per-week for five weeks, NPBC members taught about the history of philanthropy and the differences in the sectors of society (nonprofit, for profit, government) while encouraging students to learn about their passions and the community. Classmates were grouped based on common interests and created “case for support” presentations to support local charities with an imaginary $500. However, through a generous donation from Stan and Martha Hanson to the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County, the students learned Monday that the winning presentations received real money to donate! Mr. Hanson joined Monday’s Zoom meeting to share congratulatory remarks. The students presented checks during 1st period to VOCAL and 2nd period to The Centers
Since 2012, more than 900 students have received the YPIA curriculum in public and private middle schools throughout Marion County with $21,000 in grants given to 30 nonprofits. Collectively in student surveys, 72 percent say they have learned more about their community through YPIA; 66 percent learned what they care about, and 65 percent plan to volunteer because of YPIA.
For more information about YPIA, contact the Community Foundation at (352) 622-5020.
The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County is Building a Stronger Community…One Passion at a Time. Programs include the NonProfit Business Council, the Estate Planning Council, and the new Nonprofit Resource Center in partnership with Marion County, the City of Ocala, the Marion County Hospital District and Advent Health.