Wanted: Teen Philanthropists Who Want To Make A Difference In The Community

Local teenagers who want to make a difference addressing an issue impacting their communities can now apply for the support needed to make those philanthropic dreams come true.

Over the last four years, the nonprofit Philanthropy Tank has awarded more than $400,000 in funding and provided hundreds of hours of mentorship for teens who have started nearly three dozen local charities. The unique nonprofit is now accepting applications for its next wave of “change makers.”

Eighth to 12th graders who are attending a Palm Beach County-based school (public or private) or live in the county are eligible to apply. Applicants are to come up with an organization, charity or cause that addresses Palm Beach County community issues with innovative solutions. Programs will be judged on community impact, program feasibility, solution creativity and sustainability.

Students have until Oct. 4 to apply at https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/philanthropytank-pb-2019. Finalists will be notified Jan. 3, 2020 and will receive mentorship from leading philanthropists and local business leaders. The finalists will present their charity ideas in front of philanthropist investors and an audience of hundreds during the live pitch event on March 19, 2020. Each student-generated idea can be awarded up to $15,000 in initial funding.