Providing a unique program to youth that teaches the fundamentals of philanthropy while providing leadership skills and community connections.
WHO WE ARE
The Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council (LYPC) seeks to educate youth about philanthropy, inspiring them through hands-on experiences to become community leaders.
The Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council (LYPC) educates high school youth about philanthropy to give them the knowledge and inspiration to meet the needs of our community. During sixteen Saturday classes on throughout the academic year, students learn about different philanthropic topics that help them better understand philanthropy (the Third Sector).
Students engage in philanthropy hands-on by granting money to the nonprofit organizations of their choice. At the beginning of the program, students are divided into teams who cr they create their own mission statements to address different needs the community faces. After doing their own research, they are given time during designated classes to interview different local nonprofit organizations that they believe may line up with their mission statements. At the end of the program, during our annual Celebration Banquet, each team grants $5,000 to their nonprofit of their choice that they believe lines up with their mission the most. Along the way, each team is guided by a facilitator that helps the team remain on track throughout the process.
LYPC also wants students to thrive in the future. Through our partnership with the University of Louisville, seniors can participate in an optional college credit partnership with sponsored by Dr. Nat Irvin from the U of L School of Business.
By facilitating the next generation of philanthropic leaders, LYPC helps students take their first steps towards enacting change in the community. Our students come from public, private, and parochial schools in Jefferson and its contiguous counties. This allows people from all walks of life to experience the positive impact the students want to make (whether that be an inch-wide or a mile-deep). Over 380 LYPC students from 33 different high schools have participated in LYPC in the past 16 years, granting $305,000 to 50 different local nonprofits.