Congratulations to Molly Lamond Year 11, Cathy De Rosso Year 10, Hannah Sleeman Year 11, Ebony Corless Year 11, Alice Stewart Year 11, Kahlee Weir Year 10 and Tori Goulter Year 10 who recently made their final presentation for the Schools In Philanthropy program. During the presentation, the students recommended the allocation of the grant money for the three grant applicants. They presented beautifully at the town hall to the executive officer and Board members of the Geelong Community Foundation.
The Schools in Philanthropy Program (SIP) currently operates in four schools in the Geelong Region and is a program run by the Geelong Community Foundation. Seven students are chosen to participate in the program to help decide which charities in the region will receive community grants. The students are allocated $20,000 and given three detailed grant applications requiring far more funds than is available. Students visit or hear presentations from each grant applicant about the aims and benefits of their programs.
They then work as a team to develop their recommendation on how the $20,000 should be allocated and make a final presentation to members of the Geelong Community Foundation Board and local dignitaries. Along the way the students also learn about philanthropy, the needs of the Geelong community and the many organisations that work to support these needs.
The final task is the presentation of the cheques to the recipients at the Geelong Community Foundations evening in a couple of weeks.
Along the way they have learned valuable skills such as how to chair meetings, decision making and problem solving, research and analysis of complex grant applications and presentation skills for their final recommendations, with most completed in their lunch times and own time.
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