Student leaders award $17K to youth orgs

YIPEE leader Alberto Serrano of Maumee High School and Hannah Martin of the AIDs Resource Center.

After an intensive nine-month effort to raise funds, student leaders from Leadership Toledo's Youth In Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence (YIPEE) awarded $17,300 in grants to local organizations that assist youth.

Administered through the Toledo Community Foundation and facilitated by Leadership Toledo, YIPEE is one of the only programs of this type in the nation. High school student leaders from the greater-Toledo community participate in this unique opportunity to learn the tenets of philanthropy.

They choose how to raise the funds, work with Cory Dippold and Kristina White of Leadership Toledo to develop and distribute a "request for proposal" for all qualified organizations, then establish a rubric to determine which grant requests to fund.

Representatives from each of the eleven chosen organizations were on hand to receive their grants â?? because of their fundraising efforts, the student leaders were able to grant in full the requests of organizations.

Receiving YIPEE grants at a ceremony on May 8 at The University of Toledo's Nitschke Auditorium were: the AIDS Resource Center ($1500), Big Brothers Big Sisters ($1000), Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center ($899.10), Mom's House ($2000), Monroe Street Neighborhood Center ($1,270), the Learning Club of Toledo ($3000) , Toledo School for the Arts ($1500), Unison Behavioral Health Group ($1000), Mobile Meals of Toledo ($2500), Girls on the Run ($1,200), and Maumee Bay Club of the National Negro Business & Professional Business Womenâ??s Club ($900).