YLC'2020 Awards $10K in Grants to Local Organizations with support from the Community Foundation of Collier County
The Youth Leadership Collier (YLC) Class of 2020 distributed $10,000 in grants, funded by a Community Foundation of Collier County donor, to three local charities as part of the inaugural Youth Community Leadership Project. A partnership of the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) of the Greater Naples Chamber and the Community Foundation of Collier County, the project provides Youth Leadership Collier participants with a real world experience identifying issues in their community and awarding grants to fund solutions.
The Community Foundation of Collier County contacted the Leadership Collier Foundation, which oversees the Youth Leadership Collier program, after it was approached by Naples resident Betty Frank, who inquired about starting a student-led organization. Frank and her late husband, Charles Frank, started a similar initiative in Pennsylvania more than a decade ago, and donated $10,000 to Collier’s inaugural Youth Community Leadership Project.
Youth Leadership Collier aims to activate the leadership potential of Collier County students through education and hands-on learning experiences. The Youth Community Leadership Project fits into the mission of the Leadership Collier Foundation by giving students the opportunity to be informed, be engaged and be the difference in their community. After reviewing the Community Needs Assessment, a joint project between the Community Foundation and Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, students awarded $3,500 a piece to Grace Place for Children and Families and Pathways Early Education Center, and $3,000 was awarded to Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. The grants are focused on issues related to career counseling for students, housing gaps and food shortages.
“The YLC Community Project Council did a tremendous job,” said Amanda Beights, senior director of leadership programs at the Greater Naples Chamber. “They went through a very real grant review and selection process and I was impressed with the high-level thinking displayed by the students; their work was at the level of adult leaders in Collier County.”.
Frank has committed to funding the first two years of the program.
“I think this was a hard one to start in the middle of a pandemic, but they got it done,” she said. “It’s meaningful. If these kids learn about the needs in the community and what a $3,000 gift can do for an organization doing good work in the community, then it’s worth it.”
The 2021 Youth Leadership Collier program begins June 12 and runs through June 18.
About the Leadership Collier Foundation
The Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), of the Greater Naples Chamber, educates local business leaders about the societal and economic challenges facing the community today through the programs and initiatives it governs: Leadership Collier, Associate Leadership Collier, Youth Leadership Collier, The Emerging Leadership Council and Campaign for Leadership. Through the work of the LCF Alumni Association, graduates continue to build alliances, foster goodwill and civic trusteeship that will strengthen Collier County. The foundation also leads the Chamber’s initiative for work-based learning opportunities for local business and students supporting talent development. For more information, contact Amanda Beights at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Greater Naples Chamber
The Greater Naples Chamber is a not-for-profit business association representing over 1,100 active members working to cultivate economic opportunity for all. The Chamber accomplishes this through government relations, leadership programs, and providing businesses with the resources and information they need to thrive. For more information, call (239) 262-637 or visit www.napleschamber.org.
About the Community Foundation of Collier County
The Community Foundation of Collier County, now in its 35th year, is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 750 funds, collaborates with hundreds of nonprofits, holds over $280 million in assets and has distributed over $212 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest-growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at cfcollier.org or call 239-649-5000.