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MTV/ UNITED WAY OF AMERICA STORM CORPS MEMBER, ELIZABETH WHITE,
TO SPEAK AT EVENT
United Way of Greater New Haven’s Youth Philanthropy Project (YPP) will announce and celebrate three grant recipients at its second annual award ceremony on Thursday, May 25, 2006. A total of $11,000 will be awarded to AIDS Project New Haven, The New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. and West Haven Community House Association.
The Youth Philanthropy Project (YPP) is an innovative, youth grant-making and leadership development program for high school students in the Greater New Haven area. This group is made up of fifteen local youth, ages 13-18, from ten different high schools, who dedicate their time, talent, and treasure to develop civic and social awareness in their regional community through leadership and academics. Through YPP organized events, the group raises money, which is then matched by local community organizations, to be awarded to local youth programs. This youth serving youth format is a key ingredient in the program’s success.
This will be the group’s second year of fundraising and grant making. After a second successful NFL Players Youth Clinic in March, the group sent out a request for proposals to area non-profits who provide youth related services. The group of fifteen YPP youth then reviewed each grant application and decided which programs they would fund and how much each would receive.
Additionally, a “Service before Self” award will be presented to Elizabeth White, a New Haven resident and Fordham University student, who spent her spring break as a Storm Corp volunteer in Biloxi, Mississippi helping hurricane Katrina cleanup efforts. Storm Corps is a joint venture between United Way of America and MTV to provide college students the opportunity to become involved in rebuilding the Gulf Coast.
About United Way:
United Way mobilizes the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.
More information about United Way’s Youth Philanthropy Project (YPP) can be found at www.uwgnh.org.