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Area Students Learn About Local Philanthropy and Volunteerism
At The Dayton Foundation’s 17th Annual Junior Leadership Dayton program on February 3, twenty-four high school juniors from seven area schools recently learned how, by being a volunteer or a philanthropist, individuals can help others and create a better community in which to live.
During the “Making a Difference in Your Community” day, students heard from Jerri Stanard, executive director of K12 & TEJAS Gallery, who talked about the organization’s history and the importance of partnering with individuals who can help the organization achieve its goals. She emphasized that K12 has grown to serve over 30,000 area residents with the assistance of partnerships like these. Before a tour of the gallery, Rebecca Cantrell, director of Development for K12 Gallery, also spoke to the group about nonprofit organizations and how the role of resource development helps to move a nonprofit’s mission forward.
Following K12 Gallery, students were split into groups to tour other nonprofit organizations, including Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley with Shari Cooper, Public Relations assistant, and Kathy Rearick, vice president of Marketing & Development.
One student remarked that although his family regularly donates items at the Goodwill store, he wasn’t aware of the many ways that the organization is benefitting the community before taking the tour.
“I had no idea that Goodwill’s services reached beyond providing affordable clothing,” he said.
Students also toured the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, where they got a behind-the-scenes look at its services and operations. Breanne Woody, volunteer coordinator for the Humane Society, led the students through a presentation and a tour of the facilities, where they interacted with animals and learned about the adoption process.
During a lunchtime presentation, courtesy of YMCA of Greater Dayton and host venue Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Dayton, Mary Tyler, executive director of National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton (NCCJ), and Tabani Manyika, co-coordinator of the NCCJ Police and Youth Together (PAYT) program, guided students through a hands-on team-building activity that showed the importance of working together in carrying out the work of nonprofits.
Megan Ivery, Youth & Teen development director for the YMCA, and who led the group of Junior Leadership Dayton students, concluded the day by reminding the students about the importance of researching a nonprofit organization before donating or making a grant to them. As a follow-up, students will work together and with Megan to use the information they learned to select a nonprofit organization to receive a $100 grant, courtesy of The Dayton Foundation.
This is the 17th year for Junior Leadership Dayton, which is sponsored by The Dayton Foundation and YMCA of Greater Dayton. Junior Leadership Dayton reaches out to youth in the community who are the next generation of leaders and prepares 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.
The Dayton Foundation would like to extend its thanks to the above partnering organizations for making this day possible.
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