Youth in Philanthropy

Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying Asher Yu, Ben Graham, Curtis Wilson, Dennis Gu, Josh Sum, Leo Kouskouris, Lionel Wang and Matthew Young (Year 10) and our mentor, Darren McConnell, to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Youth in Philanthropy 2017 Graduation Ceremony in the Melbourne Town Hall.

The aim of the Youth in Philanthropy program is to inspire young people to use their enthusiasm, creativity and energy to begin a life-long commitment to giving through activities that have a positive impact on the communities in which they live and will, one day, work. These Year 10 boys have been working with the program all year and this was the culmination of their efforts.

Earlier in the year, BGS was allocated $10,000 and three charities. The boys had to decide how to allocate the money between these. Their assessment of funding applications, interviews of potential grant recipients and funding recommendations were undertaken in a mature manner. They were very professional in the way they presented their final decision to the CEO and other board members.

The boys gained a valuable understanding of current community issues throughout the process. I’d like to thank the Foundation along with Darren (CFO of the Foundation) for this wonderful opportunity, and to congratulate the boys on their conduct throughout the process.

The three charities were South East Community Links (various community services; $5000 granted), The Bridge (disability services provider; $4500 granted) and Save the Children Australia ($500 granted).

Jamie Watson
Middle School Teacher