Youth in Philanthropy

The Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program is one of the largest youth philanthropy education programs in the country. We believe that if you teach youth to give, you empower them to change the world.

YIP programs are offered throughout MetroWest at the following site locations. If you do not see your particular town listed, we invite you to apply to either our Sudbury or Natick locations.

Check out our NEW Youth in Philanthropy website, yipmetrowest.org! 

Who: Any high school student living or learning in Weston or the surrounding communities

Where: Weston Public Library, Community Room

When: Monday nights 7-8:30pm beginning on January 22, 2018 (full schedule)

Deadline: Applications are closed

Who:  All high school students who live or learn in MetroWest

Where: The Grange Hall, Sudbury

When: Tuesdays beginning January 23, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 pm (Full schedule)

Deadline: Applications are closed

In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of the Youth in Philanthropy program, we’re launching a new initiative called the Family Giving Circle. 

This innovative new program uses a unique, hybrid approach that enables parents and students to learn about philanthropy together to make a difference in their community. A giving circle is formed when individuals come together and pool their dollars, decide together where to give the money (and other resources such as volunteer time), and learn together about their community and philanthropy.
 
The Family Giving Circle teaches students to make impactful, strategic decisions about giving while encouraging conversations around the dinner table on the importance of philanthropic work, giving back and facilitating positive change. 
 

Who: Any MetroWest parent/guardian and child in grades 6-8
When: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM, beginning January 17, 2018 (Full schedule)
Where: Foundation for MetroWest, 3 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760
Cost: $500 per pair. This is a tax-deductible donation and 100% will go directly into the group's grantmaking pool.
Registration deadline: Registration is closed


Questions? Please contact Caroline Murphy, Senior Program Officer

Who: All high school students who live or learn in Hopkinton, Ashland, Milford, Southborough or Westborough

Where: Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton
When: Mondays beginning September 11th, 2017, from 7:00-8:30 pm (Full schedule)
Deadline: Applications are closed

Who: 7th and 8th graders who live or learn in Lexington

Where: Lexington Community Center

When: Wednesdays beginning December 6th, 2017 from 7:00-8:00pm (Full Schedule)

Deadline: Applications are closed

 

Who: 7th and 8th graders who live or learn in Lincoln

When: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 PM, starting November 29 (Full Schedule)

Where: The Brooks School, Lincoln, MA

Deadline: Applications are closed

Who: Nashoba Brooks students

Where: Nashoba Brooks School, Room TBA
When: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:15 AM, starting September 26, 2017 and running through March 7, 2018 FULL SCHEDULE

Deadline: Applications are closed

Who: All high school students who live or learn in MetroWest

Where: Foundation for MetroWest, Natick
When: Thursdays beginning on September 14th, 2017 from 7:00-8:30pm (Full Schedule)

Deadline: Applications are closed

Who:  All high school students who live or learn in Wellesley

Where: The Kingsbury Room at the Wellesley Police Department

When: Mondays beginning January 8, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 pm (Full schedule)

Deadline: Applications are closed

We also offer school-based programs that are only open to students attending these schools. Schools with open applications include:

We're proud to also offer abbreviated summer programs for high school and middle school students.

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The Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program was launched by the Foundation for MetroWest in 1997, and remains one of the largest youth philanthropy education programs in the country. Through a unique real-world approach, YIP provides local youth the knowledge to become leaders in our community by learning the importance of philanthropy and the needs that exist in our backyard. The program continues to grow thanks to our generous donors and sponsors.