News from the Delaware Community Foundation
DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board Yields Community Leaders
very year, the Delaware Community Foundation engages high school juniors and seniors from every public, parochial and independent high school in the state in the DCF Youth Philanthropy Boards.
The goal of the YPB is to introduce young people to philanthropy and inspire them to embark on a lifetime of caring about others.
Based on the stories of these YPB alumni from around the First State, it’s working:
Gardea Christian Gardea Christian, a graduate of St. Thomas More Academy and member of the 2004-2005 Southern Delaware YPB, went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He is currently serving on active duty in Marjeh, Afghanistan. Through the YPB, Mr. Christian said, he learned about collaborating on a team and gained a new perspective on the impact of money. “My time with YPB allowed me to work with youth of different backgrounds and experiences to work toward a common goal. I realized how a relatively small amount of money can make a big effect,” Mr. Christian said. “I would encourage everyone to become involved in some type of philanthropy board.”
Giiehti Christian Also a St. Thomas More graduate, Giiehti Christian was a member of the 2008-2009 Kent County YPB. Mr. Christian followed his brother Gardea to the Naval Academy, where he will graduate at the end of May and
Gardea and Giiehti Christian went on to military service after participating in the DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board.
become an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Christian said that, before participating in the YPB, he thought philanthropy was reserved for powerful celebrities, such as Bill Gates. “Working with YPB gave me the experience to understand what philanthropy means, and more importantly, how we, as individuals, can be philanthropists,” he said. “I learned lessons that I continue to implement in my life today. I am appreciative of YPB, for it teaches generosity to its participants, something I did not experience in my other extracurricular activities.” ~ Continued on page 3
Published on Feb 2, 2015