H2YP Closing Ceremony 2014

H2YP Closing Ceremony 2014

High School Teens Bestow Grants

H2YP participants, their families, and grant recipients celebrated the fifth session of the Harold and Shirley Robinson H2YP Youth Philanthropy Program at the program’s closing ceremony May 4. This innovative program at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, led by Rabbi Sarah Meytin, gives high school students a unique opportunity to learn about the varied needs of seniors in our community and the important role philanthropy plays in meeting those needs.

Fifteen high school students, who worked as a foundation board, listened to grant proposals and awarded funds to support five programs on the Charles E. Smith Life Communities campus. Since grant requests greatly exceeded available funds, students were challenged to allocate resources for the most positive impact. The group funded a new computer for Revitz House’s Internet Café; a poster enlarger/printer for staff area education; a new computer with Brain Fitness software and tablet apps for memory care; a garden program at Revitz House; and tickets to area cultural events for Hebrew Home residents.

Michael Rones, a student at Walt Whitman High School, reflected, “After meeting the residents in the community, I was really happy I joined the program because I could see that what we were doing was very important, and that we had the ability to make many more days enjoyable for the residents.”

H2YP.2014We are grateful to Rabbi Meytin and to this year’s participants for their commitment to our residents:

Lauren Chmara, Jessica Cohn, Stephanie Gans, Sydney Geifman, Lauren Heimberg, Matt Lavine,
Sophie Lavine, Nicky Lindenberg, Stephanie Prussick, Brandon Robinson, Michael Rones, Nathan Schachter, Ethan Sorcher, Daniel Tomares, and Phoebe West.




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