Quad City area high school students to grant $10,000 to local charities

This spring, 30 students from 10 Quad City area high schools will grant a total of $10,000 to charitable organizations located in and serving Rock Island and Scott counties. Applications are now available for the grants, and are due by March 1, 2016. 

The students are members of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend’s Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) Program. Members of the youth philanthropy group work together to identify local issues they care about and explore how to meet community needs. At the end of the program, the students distribute T4T grants to local nonprofits. 

This year marks a special milestone for the program, said Kelly Thompson, Director of Programs at the Community Foundation. “When our young philanthropists grant their awards this year, this program will have distributed a total of $100,000 to regional charities,” she said. “Through this program, our young leaders are not just giving money—they are participating in philanthropy in its purest form, discovering what we can do together to make the region great today, and in the future. 

T4T members research issues they care about that affect the Quad Cities region. This year, the students decided to focus their 2016 grants on four issues: education, environment, health (especially mental health and childhood obesity), and poverty. They will give preference to what the students call “river bridging” projects—initiatives that serve both the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities or otherwise help to create a more unified community.

Detailed criteria information and grant applications are available online at www.cfgrb.org/t4tgrants.

Founded in 2002, Teens for Tomorrow became a permanent program of the Community Foundation in 2010 thanks to an endowment created by Herb and Arlene Elliott, which funds the group’s operations and grants. For more information, or if you know of a high school student interested in making a community impact by joining T4T, contact Kelly Thompson at 563/326-2840 or kellythompson@cfgrb.org.

"Teens for Tomorrow gave me an understanding of local issues and the opportunity to support organizations that work toward solutions."

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