The following post was written by Quinn Smart about how the Penny Harvest Youth Board chose to support FamilyWorks through their philanthropic giving.
I started to become involved with Penny Harvest when I was in 3rd grade and served on the Philanthropy Roundtable at Adams Elementary School. I was immediately fascinated by the idea that kids could have power in community issues. I had so much fun learning leadership skills and about organizations that addressed issues I was very passionate about. After being with Penny Harvest for a couple years at my school, I was ready for something more. I was invited to join the Youth Board, which is a group of young people who work more closely with Penny Harvest staff to plan events, fundraise, and make grants.
This year, the Youth Board had the privilege of being able to give away $20,000 in harvest funds to community organizations. We began our research process by thinking about what organizations address the root problems associated with education and poverty among youth. We felt that building a strong family and home life and helping teach parents were positive building blocks to address these issues. We spent a few weeks researching organizations. We chose Family Works to receive a portion of the Youth Board funds because we loved the way that they work with families and individuals while also having a community vision, and helping break the cycle of poverty. We hope that Family Works and Penny Harvest can work closely in the future!