Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge now underway

wwny Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge now underway

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Northern New York Community Foundation's Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge is currently underway. The challenge seeks to engage 7th and 8th-grade students in exploring their communities as they compete for an opportunity to award a local nonprofit a $500 grant.

Mary Perrine of the foundation appeared on 7 News at Noon on Tuesday to talk about the challenge. Watch her interview above.

This is the third year of the program, which is made possible by donors to the Community Foundation’s Friends of the Foundation Annual Community Betterment Fund and a gift from Community Bank, N.A., which supported the program in 2018 as well.

Students presently attending 7th and 8th grades in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties are eligible to compete for a share of $10,000 in total grant awards. Twenty students will be selected to each present a $500 grant to a charitable organization of their choice.

The initiative aims to have students explore their view of “community” and select a charitable organization for a grant award that makes their community a great place

to live. To enter in the competition, students must complete an essay-based application in writing.

In its first two years, 43 students have been selected to present grants totaling $20,000 to 39 different nonprofit organizations that serve tri-county residents.

Applications are available online at challenge, at local schools, or at the Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown.

Students selected to award grants in previous years are not eligible to enter.

Entries must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Community Foundation no later than Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. A grant review committee will judge all entries and determine 20 winning entries for grant awards.

Eligible recipient organizations must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties.

An announcement of the winning submissions and grant awards will be made in early January after students return from the holiday break.

A Community Foundation representative will then contact winning students to schedule them to personally visit their chosen organization and present a grant award.

Contact the Community Foundation, 315-782-7110, or, to learn more about the Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge.

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