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The Youth Advisory Committee of The Luzerne Foundation awarded its first grants at its inaugural dinner Sunday at Genetti’s Best Western & Conference Center.


The nonprofit recipients are CASA, Volunteers in Medicine, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association and Marley’s Mission.


The 18 YAC members are ninth- to 12th-grade students from six schools who have spent the year completing assignments such as a community needs assessment, grant application reviews, prospective recipient site visits and the awarding of the grants. Additionally, the group raised funds, planned events and solicited potential donors.


“This is exciting for us,” said Madison Dowd, YAC student director. “Everyone took part in the process, we learned a lot about what terrific nonprofits are doing in our community and now we get to see the results.”


“Our goal is to teach the youth of our community about the fundamentals and responsibility of philanthropy,” said Charles Barber, president/CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. “The YAC gives students an opportunity to find out more about the needs in our community, understand the limitations of funding and enjoy the good feelings that come with making a difference.”


We are “Here For Good“. The foundation supports donors with their charitable giving, helping them invest strategically in causes they care about and in ways that make a difference in our community.


The foundation is a philanthropic leader, a community resource and a financial steward. For more information, contact 570-714-1570 or visit www.luzfdn.org.


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