The New Castle County Youth Philanthropy Board of the Delaware Community Foundation awarded $15,000 to six New Castle County nonprofit organizations at a grants ceremony on April 24 at the University & Whist Club.

The DCF’s New Castle County YPB is comprised of 25 New Castle County students from public, independent and diocesan high schools. Since September 2017, 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 YPB chose to focus on programs that assist families or friends in the healing process after they’ve experienced the loss of a loved one through substance abuse, suicide or other circumstances; or offer suicide prevention and/or awareness programs for youth.

Delaware Guidance Services for Children & Youth will receive $2,000 to support the DGS Outpatient Counseling Program, which helps youth who may be suffering from depression and anxiety which puts them at high risk for experiencing suicidal ideation.

Delaware Hospice will receive $3,000 to provide funding for the New Hope program for grieving children and teens ages 6-17.

Mental Health Association in Delaware will receive $1,000 to support school-based programs to educate students, teachers, administrators and parents about the signs and risk of suicide and help them understand the need for evaluation and treatment.

Supporting Kidds will receive $3,500 to support Healing Pathways, Supporting Kidds’ bereavement program for ages 5-18 and their caregivers. The age-appropriate small group format lets grieving children connect with same-aged peers experiencing similar losses.

UrbanPromise Wilmington will receive $3,000 to support the Street Leader Job Training Program, which puts at-risk students into positive leadership roles.

Wraparound Delaware will receive $2,500 to support six creative grief workshops for families with children between the ages of 12 and 17 who have lost a loved one to substance abuse, suicide, gun violence or any other circumstance.

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.

The 2017-18 New Castle County YPB included Rebecca Alexander, Newark High School; Siawaa Antwi, Freire Wilmington Charter School; Madison Berkey, Red Lion Christian Academy; Scott Bernetich, Charter School of Wilmington; Luke Campbell, Wilmington Christian School; Julianna Cann, Padua Academy; Rachel Carlton, Caravel Academy; Elisa Davila, St. Andrew’s School; Lon’yea Ellis, Delaware Design Lab; Peter Kardash, Salesianum School; Nicole Kennedy, Conrad Schools of Science; Jane Lyons, Ursuline Academy; Thomas McGraw, Tall Oaks Classical School; Emma Miller, Cab Calloway School of the Arts; Lance Ralsten, St. Mark’s High School; Sofia Rose, John Dickinson High School; Alivia Scott, Appoquinimink High School; Alyxandria Sisofo, St. George's Vo-Tech High School; Cameron Smith, Sanford School; Colin Smith, Delaware Military Academy; Cassi Sullivan, Tower Hill School; Ifunanya Ugorji, Howard High School of Technology; Anya Verucci, Newark Charter High School; Paige Ward, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School; and Kayla Woods, Tatnall School.