E3 Youth Philanthropy’s Sana Khader 2017 Summer Solstice Talk

Sana participated in LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program for four years and will attend UC Berkeley this fall.
Sana participated in LACF’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program for four years and will attend UC Berkeley this fall.

Hello everyone. As you may or may not know, E3 is a youth program sponsored by LACF. We are a group of about 25 high schoolers, and each year, we receive a $10,000 grant from the Foundation to give to local nonprofits.

Throughout the year, we evaluate grants from various organizations and decide if and how much money they will receive. We also plan service projects and volunteer. It’s absolutely incredible that this type of experience is available to us as teenagers. The responsibility of distributing such a large amount of money has made me realize the value and impact of giving money away. We don’t have to wait to be adults to be philanthropists or to give away money or drive social change; we have that opportunity right here.

I entered E3 as a ninth-grader who didn’t know all that much about our community and the very real, very large problems that exist within it. But through my time at E3, I learned about my community and its issues, but more importantly, the motivated, dedicated people who were working toward solving those problems. I’ve had the privilege to learn from people working on the issues of hunger, poverty, the environment, literacy, mental health… the list goes on and on. E3 opened my eyes to a world of not just problems, but also solutions.

I remember we funded the Mountain View Police Officers’ Association for their Cops and Gobblers event, where the community comes together to package baskets of food and toys for families who can’t provide a Thanksgiving meal to their family. I was at first shocked to hear about how big an issue hunger is in my hometown, but also so in awe of the police officers who took it upon themselves to start this event.

E3 not only shows us how people can improve their communities, but also encourages us to do the same. Each year, we split up into groups and plan service projects. My group decided to organize a beautification day at Castro Elementary School in Mountain View. The whole process included delegating roles, working with school administration, scoping out the campus beforehand, collecting supplies and finally leading the event itself. It was one of my best experiences in all of high school. I learned how to organize an event like that, but more importantly, I learned how fun it can be when you really care about what you’re doing. I really cared about cleaning up Castro and planting in the garden and just making it a better place for students to learn and grow, and that’s why I enjoyed organizing the event.
And that’s what I’ve taken away from E3. After years of talking to nonprofit founders and volunteering at various events, it’s obvious that the people in charge truly care about what they’re doing, and that’s what affects change. E3 has taught me that I can and should devote my energy to working towards causes that I care about, because I really can make a difference. I am so thankful to the Foundation for this experience, and I am just happy to know that the program will continue to influence other students like me in the future. 

Applications for the 2015-16 program are now open

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If you are currently in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade, a Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View resident, or attend school in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View, we invite you to apply to become a member of next year’s E3 program. The program runs from late August, 2015 through early June 2016. As a program member, you will:

  • Develop your leadership and communication skills
  • Design and participate in monthly service projects
  • Connect with local nonprofit organizations
  • Learn from local philanthropists about the potential impact of giving
  • Become an effective grant-maker and strategic youth philanthropist

The E3 program term is for two years. We will meet on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm, from late August -early June. We have an all-day retreat in August and service projects (weekends and/or evenings) throughout the year.

Applications (and letters of recommendation) are due by 9am April 27 2015.

The fee to participate is $150 per year. Financial assistance is available.

Questions? Contact Program Director: Skye DeLano or Advisor Catherine Herzog   e3youth@gmail.com

LACF E3 Youth Philanthropy 2014 Highlights and New Members

The LACF E3 Youth Philanthropy Board grew again this year (2013-14) to 32 Board members, comprising students from: Egan, Castilleja, Mountain View High School, Los Altos High School, Bellarmine, Menlo School, Pinewood and Woodside Priory.

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This year’s group is the largest in LACF E3 Youth Philanthropy’s 8-year history, with nearly 50% new members.

New Members 2014-2015:

  • Amanda Koong, Mountain View HS
  • Andrew Lee, Los Altos HS
  • Andrew Motey, Bellarmine College Preparatory
  • Anisha Desai, Los Altos HS
  • Dominique Lau, Mountain View HS
  • Emiley Kim, Los Altos HS
  • Madeline Chu, Los Altos HS
  • Nathan Liu, Los Altos HS
  • Rahul Shukla, Harker
  • Seema Ahmed, Mountain View HS
  • Tiffanie Luther, Mountain View HS
  • William Thabit, Los Altos HS

 2014 Grants (Total $10,000):

  • Mountain View Cops & Gobblers: $2,100
  • Living Classroom for MV and Los Altos School Districts: $2,000
  • Bring Me a Book: $2,500
  • Kick Lead Dream KLD Summer Camp: $2,000
  • Los Altos HS LET’s Program (partnered with Silicon Valley Family and Children’s Services): $400
  • Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) Outlet Leadership Program: $1,000

The group meets twice a month on Mondays, from 7-9 pm, from late August through early June. (We have approximately 40 hours of program time over the course of the year, more than twice the amount of other programs).