BLOOMINGTON — High school students in Bloomington-Normal will have an opportunity to learn more about philanthropy through Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s new Youth Engaged in Philanthropy program, the foundation announced this week.

The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and will begin in the fall. Participants will spend the fall learning about local philanthropy and the grant-making process, will participate in team- and leadership-building activities, will visit grant sites, review grant reports and learn about grant writing.

Participants will design their own grant applications with the goal of grants for youth-oriented initiatives.

The program is limited to 15 to 20 high school students. Applications are due April 1.

For more information, email info@ilprairiecf.org or call 309-662-4477.

The first year of the program has been made possible by a foundation donor and by foundation intern Blair Wright, an Illinois Wesleyan University student who helped start a similar program for the DeKalb County Community Foundation while she was in high school. Sandy McGhee, formerly of University of Illinois Extension, is the lead volunteer.

The foundation is establishing an adult advisory council for the program. An informational meeting will be 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at Moses Montefiore Temple, 102 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington.

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