The Northland Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy Program teaches young people about the art of giving and the importance of civic involvement. This KIDS PLUS initiative provides youth with valuable leadership and decision-making experience. The board, made up of young people and volunteer adult mentors from across the region, awards grants up to $1,000 each to support projects that are planned, written, and carried out by other young people. The board conducts grantmaking rounds in October, January, and April.
The students are professional and thoughtful in weighing the merits of each application. With $25,000 provided by the Minnesota Power Foundation, the 2015-2016 board made 32 grants totaling $24,278. We thank them for donating their time and talents to improve our communities!
Lydia Lahmann-Sharbonda - Chair, Aitkin School, Aitkin; Hunter Rackliffe - Vice Chair, Denfeld High School, Duluth; Emma Nicholas - Secretary/Treasurer, Lakeview Christian Academy, Duluth; Brooke Miller - Board Photographer, Aitkin School, Aitkin; Mary Ammesmaki,
Fond du Lac Objibwe Ogichida High School, Cloquet; Lilia Bissonette
Home-schooled, Wrenshall; Theo Britton, Superior High School, Superior; James Friedman, Fond du Lac Objibwe Ogichida High School, Cloquet; Chantelle Gregory, Superior High School, Superior; Sierra Koivisto,
Chisholm High School, Chisholm; and Alexandra Whitlock, Chisholm High School, Chisholm.
Brad Flynn, Programmer Analyst, ALLETE, Duluth; Jamie Adams, Economic Development Planner, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Cloquet; Ciri Seline, KIDS PLUS Coordinator, Chisholm; and Tim Stratioti, Branch Director, Superior Boys & Girls Club of the Northland.