Great teenage ‘changemaker’ sought

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Beginning Aug. 1, students who live in Palm Beach County or who are enrolled in eighth through 12th grade within the county can apply to become finalists for the fourth year of the Philanthropy Tank program.

The application is available at this link:

Philanthropy Tank fuels and inspires Palm Beach County’s next generation of change leaders.

The program challenges, empowers and equips them to develop and execute sustainable initiatives and solutions to problems. Philanthropist-investors finance student initiatives, investing in their community projects.

Through one-to-one mentoring, philanthropist-investors also fuel students’ desire, helping them execute initiatives while increasing their ability to make meaningful change.

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Philanthropy Tank fuels and inspires Palm Beach County’s next generation of change leaders.

Students are making an impact in the health and human services, education and youth development, women and girls and community development sectors.

The fundamental aims of Philanthropy Tank are to help shape students’ leadership paths and, through their creative solutions, address and improve social issues in the community.

To date, Philanthropy Tank has:

• Generated more than $300,000 in grants for 57 student entrepreneurs for 26 projects;

• Inspired more than 500 students to get into clubs that support Philanthropy Tank programs (many of them in the Boca Raton area);

• Impacted more than 200,000 people in our community.

Last year’s finalists included projects focusing on literacy, clothing and food distribution for those in need, music promotion and computer programming classes for kids, among others.

A total of $100,000 of project funding was awarded. Applications for year four of the program open on Aug. 1 and will close on Nov. 4.

In 2016, Je’Cynthia Nonar developed the Glades Teen Summit, a program that would break down the barriers between the local community and law enforcement, with a secondary goal of teen employability.

She earned $15,000 in grant money from Philanthropy Tank and fulfilled her dream of hosting a summit for 300 Glades-area teens to discuss themes of education and employment.

Since then, Miss Nonar has established partnerships with 40 different nonprofit organizations and been crowned Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County.

She has also built a network of like-minded Glades-area youth who plan to continue her mission of community improvement. She now attends Howard University.

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