SAYPIP program presents grants to six organizations

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Hudson -- Students partnered with senior citizens to learn how to give grants through philanthropic teamwork in May.

The Seniors and Youth: Partners in Philanthropy Board (SAYPIP) chose six local organizations to receive grants in 2014.

The intergenerational board of Laurel Lake Retirement seniors and Seton Catholic School students awarded $2,500 in grants to the Alzheimer's Association, Children of Ubumi, Hudson League for Service and Destination Hudson, Hudson Players, Hudson Special Olympics, and Music from the Western Reserve.

A few of the worthy projects funded included the support of children's education in Africa, a "Students and Classical Music" program, and assistance to send athletes to the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

Habits of the Heart - A Youth Education Program for Philanthropy, is an innovative project implemented at Seton Catholic School in 2007. The educational program prepares students with leadership skills and a knowledge base needed to serve as grant-makers on a youth philanthropy board. The project is a collaborative endeavor with the Laurel Lake Retirement Community, a grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and Seton Catholic School.

Eighth grade students complete the Habits of the Heart curriculum; apply what they have learned by serving on the SAYPIP Board along with Laurel Lake mentors; and then experience the excitement of practicing the grant-making process by distributing grant funds to the local community. The students establish grant guidelines, accept and review proposals, interview applicants, and make funding decisions. The intergenerational initiative is designed to help young people experience the rewards of serving, giving and caring under the mentorship of older adults who have given a lifetime of leadership to improve the lives of those in their communities.

A reception for all grant recipients and their guests was hosted by the SAYPIP Board May 15 at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community.

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