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LIFE Youth Philanthropy Pod awards grants to local organizations

The LaGrange Independent Foundation for Endowments (LIFE) Youth Philanthropy Pod recently awarded seven grants to local schools and non-profit organizations that are working to better educational and quality of life opportunities for area youth. The grants totaled nearly $9,000. Another grant cycle is planned for the spring of 2012.

LIFE is composed of 20 volunteer students in grades 8 through 12, along with volunteer adult mentors or “guides” from each of LaGrange County’s four public and private schools. An adult “navigator” from the staff of the LaGrange County Community Foundation (LCCF) coordinates the meeting and community service activities of the pod. Additional LCCF staff members and its board of directors provide guidance and technical support for the LIFE grants and scholarship programs. LIFE activities are generously supported through a grant by the Dekko Foundation.

Grantees and awards of this most recent LIFE grant cycle included $1,200 for the Lakeland High School Functional Skills Department’s annual Disabilities Awareness Walk; $1,000 for LaGrange County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2012 Summer Day Camps; $2,500 for Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center’s “Outrage” teen dating violence and sexual assault awareness events for county high schools; and $1,000 for Westview High School’s academic tutoring and mentoring program for 6th graders. In addition, LaGrange Community Youth Centers received three of the LIFE grants for its expanding menu of programs and fiscal sponsorships. Those included $1,000 for its 2012 Kite Komotion Kite Flying Clinic in Shipshewana, $1,250 for its 2012 Summer Day Enrichment camps, and $1,000 for the benefit of PC’s for Youth Operating Expenses.

For more information about LIFE Youth Philanthropy or LIFE grant opportunities, contact LaGrange County Community Foundation Program Officer Loren Heinlen or Youth Development Intern Laney Kratz at (260) 463-4363.