E3 Youth Philanthropy, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation, has been chosen as Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Group for 2018 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Silicon Valley Chapter, for “educating, engaging and empowering high school students to bring positive change in their local communities.”
Members of E3’s Leadership Board accepted the award at AFP’s Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 16, 2018.
E3 won because it integrates three important elements of youth development:
- Service learning
- Leadership training
- Nonprofit grant-making activities
Other local youth and school programs may focus on one of these elements, but not all three.
Since its inception, E3 participants have logged close to 8,500 service hours and awarded 70 grants totaling $120,000 to local community nonprofits that address numerous issues important to youth.
Organizations receiving E3 grants in 2018 include:
- Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)
- Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)
- Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
- Community Services Agency
- Mountain View Police Activities League
- Mentor Tutor Connection
“The student-led E3 program uniquely helps participants become empathetic and effective leaders of tomorrow who understand our community and how to improve it through service and grant-making,” said Joe Eyre, Executive Director, Los Altos Community Foundation. “We’re proud of this award and the program’s 21st-century curriculum that inspires students to be better citizens and community leaders for tomorrow.”