Budding philanthropists: Wakatipu High School's Generation Give is preparing to grant $10,000 to local charities


A philanthropic programme, run by teens, is gearing up to grant $10,000 to local charities.

Generation Give, a Wakatipu High School programme run in partnership with the Wakatipu Community Foundation, was established last year, based on similar youth philanthropy
programmes spread across the United States.

Through it, students learn non-profit governance and grant-making skills to make funding

It aims to encourage youth to give and serve in their communities, and make philanthropy a habit for future generations.

In Queenstown it’s headed by Wakatipu High School students Hugh Taylor, Beatrice Onions
and Christian Belmont — who’ve now got a council of 25 alumni behind them.

They work with adult volunteers to learn about ‘servant leadership’, volunteerism and the vital role philanthropy plays in the community.

The students are also in charge of the grant cycle.

Through that they review applications from non-profit groups and make award decisions.

WCF chief executive Jen-nifer Belmont says thanks to generous donations to the foundation from local residents Dick and Diana Hubbard, Roost Mortgage Brokers and Craigs Investment Partners, along with support from the Hugo Charitable Trust, the students have $10,000 to grant to successful local charities — registered charities can apply for up to
$2500 each.

‘‘This is an excellent opportunity for schools and other non-profit organisations to make a greater impact in our community by applying for grants to support their youth-related
programmes and projects,’’ she says.

To qualify, projects need to meet at least one Wakatipu-specific objective from a list, which includes having a positive impact on youth, supporting health and mental well-being, poverty relief and promoting equality.

The deadline for express-ions of interest was on Thursday, after which several charities
will be invited to make a formal application.

The student team will then make site visits and work with each charity in the application process before grants are awarded later this year.