SCRANTON — Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Class of 2016, in collaboration with the Scranton Area Community Foundation, recently awarded grants to four local non-profit organizations.
As part of the seven-month Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program curriculum, the students are provided real-world experiences in the areas of philanthropy, non-profit organizations and community service. The philanthropy component is created and presented by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for all the people in Lackawanna County through the development of organized philanthropy. The TLT students served as an allocation committee to decide the grant recipients.
This particular grant cycle criteria had four areas of interest: cancer research, suicide awareness, mental health and homelessness. The students picked those areas based on what they believed to be concerns in Northeastern Pennsylvania. When reviewing the grants, credibility, capability, feasibility and importance of the proposed project are considered.
Since adding philanthropy to the TLT curriculum 15 years ago, more than 65 local non-profits have received grants through this unique and educational partnership.
The 2016 Leadership Lackawanna TLT/Scranton Area Community Foundation grant recipients are as follows.
• St. Joseph’s Center was awarded $2,000 to purchase car seats and pack-n-plays for 14 families in NEPA.
• Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency was awarded $2,000 for their Veterans Stand Down Program.
• Keystone College was awarded $2,000 for a Suicide Awareness Presentation.
• Catherine McAuley Center was awarded $1,984 to purchase two new school uniforms for all school aged children currently enrolled in their programs.