SVP’s Youth Philanthropists program, formerly Social Venture Kids, is in its 16th year of grant funding to nonprofit agencies in the Seattle area. In the past years, the Youth Philanthropists have funded agencies dealing with literacy, mental illness, domestic violence, child abuse, teen depression/suicide, quality childcare/preschool and the juvenile justice system.
Each year SVP’s Youth Philanthropists (SVPYP) members have a fierce debate.
Some care deeply about the environment, some want to see an end to teen homelessness – but they must agree on one issue.
In this teen philanthropy group, members are prepared and empowered to address the problems facing their community. And they learn by doing. Once they’ve settled their debate, they raise their own funds, research the issue area they’ve selected, solicit and evaluate grant applications from local nonprofits, conduct site visits, and make annual grants of $10,000 or more.
Who Is Involved in SVPYP? (In Their Words)
We’re high school kids from throughout King County.
Some of us joined SVPYP because our parents thought we should. Others because we thought it would be a different and valuable volunteer experience. Others want to change the world. For the rest of us, it is probably a combination of those things.
We lead busy lives and are involved in sports, clubs, and other activities. Sometimes it is hard to find time for SVPYP, but we work at it. Some of us are passionate about specific causes: homelessness, social justice and education. Some of us like the process: learning about philanthropy and grantmaking and giving away money.
All of us want to have a voice in how we get things done.
Since 2000, SVPYP has funded organizations addressing issues like teen drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, teen depression and suicide, domestic violence, the juvenile justice system, quality preschool/daycare for low-income families, the environment, and homelessness. Collectively, they have raised and given away more than $150,000.
2018 SVPYP Fundraising
The 2018 SVPYP Program is off and running! Just as in previous years, the group’s fundraising goal is $10,000. The group will have their issue area identified by the end of January, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to support SVPYP in 2018!
To help us, you don’t need to buy candy, magazines, or anything you don’t need. Instead, if you’re interested in our work, a simple donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated. Your donation will go directly towards assisting teens in the Seattle area.
Donations are preferably accepted on-line through a secure donation page on the SVP Website. You can make a donation to SVP Youth Philanthropists HERE, and please just be sure to use the drop-down menu to designate your donation to Social Venture Kids (our former moniker).
If you prefer, donations can be accepted via check and can be sent to Ben Mitchell at the SVP Office. Please make checks out to Social Venture Partners c/o SVK and sent to:
Social Venture Partner Seattle
220 2nd Avenue South Suite 300
Seattle WA 98104
2018 SVPYP Co-Chairs and Class
The SVPYP membership ranges from 8-15 teens. Members are able to join SVPYP in their freshman year and are welcome to participate in the organization all four years of high school. The expectation is that SVPYP members are thoughtful, hardworking, responsible, open to others’ ideas, and confident in their own, and interested in learning from the teens and adults they meet throughout the year.
Many of the kids involved in SVPYP have parents who are SVP Partners, but SVPYP also welcomes students from outside of the SVP Partnership.
To get involved with SVPYP, please contact Ben Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.