The Sussex County Youth Philanthropy Board of the Delaware Community Foundation awarded $10,220 to three Sussex County nonprofit organizations.

The DCF’s Sussex County YPB comprises 19 Sussex County students from public, independent and diocesan high schools. Since September, YPB members have been studying youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools, learning about community service and grantmaking, and visiting nonprofit organizations.

This year’s Sussex County YPB chose to focus on organizations that provide afterschool programs, with an emphasis on programs that teach English as a second language to adults and children.

Lutheran Church of Our Savior ESL Program will receive $2,400 to help fund additional ESL classes for program participants and partially fund staff.

FORGE Youth & Family Academy is the recipient of $3,020 to fund the Rewind program to teach youth better life choices and to assist with the organization’s search for a larger home to further expand their services.

Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware ESL Program received $4,800, which will help purchase new computers for beginning students and provide food for two years for the children’s program.

The 2017 Sussex County YPB students are Olivia Anderson, senior, Delmarva Christian High School; Collin Birl, senior, Cape Henlopen High School; Josh Bredbenner; junior, Worcester Preparatory School; Kristin Esterly, junior, Woodbridge High School; Andrew Evan, senior, Sussex Central High School; Harrison Gale, junior, Cape Henlopen High School; Nyra Giles, junior, Laurel High School; Amy Green, senior, Woodbridge High School; TyAnna Handy, senior, Laurel High School; Hector Herrera, junior, Sussex Academy; Anna Ives-Michener, junior, Cape Henlopen High School; Kaitlyn McKinney, junior, Seaford High School; Isaac O’Neal, junior, Delmar High School; Nathanael Riddle, senior, Sussex Academy; Brittany Ritter, senior, Sussex Tech High School; Sara Spicer, senior, Cape Henlopen High School; Kasiyah Tatem, junior, Sussex Tech High School; Kelly Velasquez-Perez, senior, Seaford High School; and Karen Ventura-Lopez, junior, Sussex Central High School.

The Delaware Community Foundation sponsors a Youth Philanthropy Board in each Delaware county to encourage high school students to become more involved in philanthropy. Each board of high school students is allotted a pool of money to give as charitable grants. The students learn about philanthropy and effective grantmaking, study youth issues in their neighborhoods

and schools, solicit grant proposals, conduct site visits, and award grants to those they determine to be most deserving.

For information, visit delcf.org or call 571-8004.