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Young philanthropists learn how to make a difference
Posted 03/01/2014 12:00AM
Having shown dedication, enthusiasm, and curiosity while researching possible non-profits to support, the fifteen boys in this year's Youth In Philanthropy program presented checks totaling $9000 to three area organizations to help fund their work in providing support services to underprivileged children and in sheltering stray or abandoned animals.

The groups receiving support were Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/Metrowest, which is devoted to youth/adult mentoring; Birthday Wishes in Newton Centre, which brings birthday parties to homeless children; and Buddy Dog Humane Society, Inc. in Sudbury, which finds responsible and permanent homes for the dogs and cats in its care.

YIP members, who are selected from among the ninth grade class to participate, met over breakfast one day each week through the fall and early winter, led by Harris Rosenheim, Director of Alumni Giving and Alumni Relations. "While learning a lot along the way," according to one of the boys, the group narrowed the organizations they might support down to twenty, conducted site visits, and decided on three recipients for the checks, using funds that have been provided for the junior philanthropy effort by an anonymous donor.

YIP works closely with the Foundation for MetroWest, represented at the awarding of checks by coordinator Jennifer Ubaldino.

Mr. Rosenheim noted after the presentations that he enjoyed working with the boys, who "fully engaged in and committed to learning about an important component of life—giving back—which is something which I was not exposed to at that age." He added that the experience not only empowered the boys, who realized that even at their young age they could make a difference, but that it also "allowed them to reflect personally on their own situations."

The YIP members this year were: Thatcher Adams, Chad Arle, Peter Blunt, Andrew Brown, Spencer Davis, Jack Feeney, Sven Fitzgerald, Maahin Gulati, Timmy Jones, Leo Kafka, Matt Killian, P.J. Lucchese, Jack Sette-Ducati, Cormac Zachar, and Kamran Zolfonoon.

The groups receiving support were Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/Metrowest, which is devoted to youth/adult mentoring; Birthday Wishes in Newton Centre, which brings birthday parties to homeless children; and Buddy Dog Humane Society, Inc. in Sudbury, which finds responsible and permanent homes for the dogs and cats in its care.

Representatives from each organization accepted the checks at a special assembly on Feb. 28. "This program has opened our eyes to what we can do to help out in the community," declared ninth grader P.J. Lucchese.

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