New World HS Students Win Grant for BronxWorks

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Monday, May 25, 2015

BronxWorks will receive a $5,000 grant from the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) as a result of research on our organization undertaken by a team of students from New World High School this past winter.  The project began with a viewing of the BronxWorks website and culminated with an April presentation that featured a video created by the students.  It explored homelessness and income supports, two issues dear to the BronxWorks mission.



YPI is a multimillion dollar effort that is designed to encourage high school aged youth to learn about human service organizations in their communities.  High schools throughout New York City, Canada, and the United Kingdom participate in YPI, which was founded in 2002 by MAC Cosmetics, a Canadian-based company that also created the MAC AIDS Fund.  The Toskan Casale Foundation and The Wood Foundation, which is based in Scotland, fund YPI.

“YPI is an excellent experience for young people,” says development director Ken Small.  “They have to research local nonprofits, analyze reams of information, and then share their findings with peers as well as adults.”  He praised the program for helping youth to develop leadership, public speaking, and critical thinking skills.

“YPI is also helpful to organizations like BronxWorks,” said Small.  “It lets us know that young people are carefully examining what we do and the impact we have.”

During his interview with New World HS students, Small discussed BronxWorks’ range of services.  The success that our organization has had in reducing street homelessness—which has declined by 88% in the Bronx in the last 10 years—was the deciding factor in the students’ decision to create a video that focuses on homelessness and income disparities.

You can watch the students’ video here.

For more information on YPI, please visit their website at www.goypi.org.
 

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