Area High School Juniors Participate in 18th Annual Junior Leadership Dayton Program on Philanthropy and Volunteerism
Forty-six high school juniors from 15 area schools learned how, by being a volunteer or a philanthropist, individuals can help others and create a better community in which to live at The Dayton Foundation’s 18th Annual Junior Leadership Dayton program on Friday, February 16. The program, entitled “Making a Difference in Your Community,” started at 8:30 a.m. at the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (840 Germantown St, Dayton), and concluded at 3 p.m. following off-site visits to local not-for-profit organizations.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company staff welcomed students with a brief presentation. From DCDC, students were transported to two local not-for-profit organizations, The Foodbank and the YWCA Dayton. Students learned how these organizations are funded, and what their challenges and concerns are, as well as their opportunities and rewards. Students also learned why volunteers and philanthropists are so vital for their organization’s continued success. A lunchtime presentation featured Shannon Isom, president and CEO of YWCA Dayton.
Junior Leadership Dayton is designed to reach out to youth in the community who are the next generation of leaders and prepare them for constructive and responsible participation in community activities. Throughout the nine-month program, topics focus on specific areas of leadership in the community and emphasize values, such as honesty, respect, caring and responsibility. This is the 18th year for Junior Leadership Dayton, which is sponsored by The Dayton Foundation, Wright State University and YMCA of Greater Dayton.
Watch Channel 2 News Reporter Catherine Ross’ story on the 2018 Make a Difference in Your Community Day.
HERE TO HELP
Interested in learning more about our “Making a Difference in Your Community” day? Contact Aiyana Marcus in our Grants department. – Aiyana Marcus, program officer, (937) 225-9964