YOUNG PHILANTHROPISTS: Students from a past Youth Philanthropy Initiative class pictured here developed a program for teen depression that is being taught in Tulsa Public Schools. YPI is a youth-led program which teaches Tulsa teens what it means to be a philanthropist, change-agent and leader.
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Youth Philanthropy Initiative, a youth-led program in which a diverse group of Tulsa-area teens experience first-hand what it means to be a philanthropist, change-agent and leader, is now accepting applications from Tulsa-area teenagers for its third cohort.
YPI Cohort 3 will begin with a weekend orientation session in early August of this year.
Interested freshmen and sophomore students are encouraged to visit www.ypitulsa.org to learn more.
The first year of the three-year program is dedicated to training youth in leadership, research skills and strategic planning. Participants are then challenged to use resources provided by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to identify and address an issue currently challenging the teenage population in the Tulsa community.
YPI Cohort 1 students targeted their resources toward the issue of teen depression. Working with researchers from Johns Hopkins College of Medicine, participants brought the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program to Tulsa-area high schools. More than 800 Tulsa-area high school students have participated in the ADAP curriculum.
Cohort 2 students will begin their third and final year of the program in August. This group has identified the need to educate teenagers and parents about the importance of establishing healthy relationships. Working with an advisory group of local professionals, participants designed the “redefine” curriculum and are currently working with administrators to integrate the three-part curriculum into the local school systems.
The Youth Philanthropy Initiative is supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Schusterman Family Foundation provides assistance to non-sectarian charitable organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Oklahoma, especially in the areas of education, child advocacy and community service. The Foundation also supports programs throughout the world that spread the joy of Jewish living, giving and learning.
For more information about YPI, visit www.ypitulsa.org.