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Frequently Asked Questions About IMPACT

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What is the IMPACT Youth Council? What is the IMPACT Youth Council??

The Ashland County Community Foundation is launching an IMPACT Youth Council to develop the next generation of community leaders and philanthropists. This new program is an opportunity for a select group of high school students to work with peers from Ashland County as well as throughout our region. The students chosen to participate in this program will work as a team to gain awareness of needs of youth in Ashland County and then make decisions about how to award dollars to programs that create positive community change specifically designed to benefit youth. Council members will also develop leadership skills and new friendships. IMPACT is an acronym that stands for "Imagine Making Philanthropy an Ashland County Tradition."

How are concepts of youth philanthropy & youth leadership similar to and different than community service? How are concepts of youth philanthropy & youth leadership similar to and different than community service?

They are both forms of helping. Both are very tangible, hands-on ways to become familiar with community issues and efforts. And both require an investment of your time. However, community service in the usual sense involves showing up at an organization and responding to direction (painting something, stocking items in a food pantry, reading to a younger student). Youth philanthropy in the context of this group involves more leadership and group decision-making. It includes the important responsibility of awarding dollars to programs and organizations that have the best ideas. This process is called "grantmaking." (Youth philanthropy at the individual level can also describe the simple process of donating your own money to charities that you feel are doing good work).

Do I need to contribute or fundraise dollars in order to participate? Do I need to contribute or fundraise dollars in order to participate?

No. Other members of the community (donors) have already invested dollars in the Ashland County Community Foundation. Noting the important perspective and role of young people, these same people decided to allow for a portion of those dollars to be distributed by the next generation of philanthropists on their behalf on an annual basis.

How will members be selected for the IMPACT Youth Council ? How will members be selected for the IMPACT Youth Council?

A committee of representatives and donors affiliated with the Ashland County Community Foundation will review applications. They will consider the ideal group size, ages/grade levels of those in the applicant pool, and your responses to questions on the application to make a decision.

Who should apply for this group? Who should apply for this group?

An ideal IMPACT Youth Council member will be:

  • Someone who cares about the community and is sensitive to the needs of others
  • Someone who wants to make a difference right now
  • Someone who has ideas, pays attention, and is willing to communicate with peers in a constructive way
  • Someone who is interested in developing leadership skills and wants to gain confidence speaking with adults
  • Someone who likes having fun, meeting new people and being part of a team
  • Someone who takes seriously the responsibility of awarding several thousand of dollars for the benefit of Ashland County youth.
What are the requirements for group participation? What are the requirements for group participation?

To be eligible, you must be a high school aged student (next year's sophomores, juniors, and seniors status) attending or affiliated with a school in Ashland County (Ashland, Hillsdale, Mapleton, Loudonville, Ashland-West Holmes Career Center, Veritas Academy and Home Schoolers). The program requires attendance at 1-2 scheduled monthly meetings during the school year, periodic field trips to non-profit agencies within Ashland County, and additional projects to be determined by members of the IMPACT Youth Council. Students who are chosen for the program will be required to attend an informational meeting with a parent or guardian prior to participating in the IMPACT Youth Council.

When and where will meetings occur? When and where will meetings occur?

The meeting schedule will be determined with group input. Locations will vary. The IMPACT Youth Council Director will assist in helping the group work out transportation options (arranging car pools, etc.)

Who is directing the activities for the IMPACT Youth Council? Who is directing the activities for the IMPACT Youth Council?

The Ashland County Community Foundation is providing leadership and funding for the IMPACT Youth Council. Our representative is Ginny Telego, IMPACT Youth Council Director.

 

 


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Ginny Telego

Director
IMPACT Youth Council



The Ashland County Community Foundation is dedicated to creating a legacy of helping the Ashland community for years to come. A critical piece of creating that legacy is helping the young people in our community learn about the importance of philanthropy and how they can be actively involved. The IMPACT Youth Council was established to provide an avenue for Ashland County high school students to take a hands-on approach in learning about philanthropy by evaluating grants for programs that directly impact youth in Ashland County and deciding how to disperse donor monies for that purpose. It's a privilege to be a part of this program and I am excited to see the positive impact that the Youth Council has in our community!