By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee
The South High Community School’s Service Learning Council (CSLC) announced their mini-grant awards last month at an awards reception at South High. The CSLC gave out more than $18,000 to 17 local nonprofits. The individual awards ranged from $475 to $2,100. This is the fifth year that the CSLC has given out the mini-grants. During that time the Council has awarded more than $60,000.
The Community Service Learning Council is currently comprised of 30 civic-minded students from the school who meet weekly to investigate, analyze and help solve some of the issues within the local community. They work with various organizations to understand the issues, propose credible solutions, and follow through to implement the solutions.
One of the major tasks of the group is providing the mini-grants. The students take a bus ride throughout the neighborhoods in the fall to determine the needs within the community. They then create a Request for Proposals (RFP) that focuses on those issues. The RFP states what the focus is – 2011 focus is Hunger, Housing, Community Events and the Environment. The RFP further states all projects must include students in a leadership role. The RFPs are sent to more than 60 non-profits. When all the proposals are in, the students evaluate them with a rubric that they designed. Each proposal is given a weighted number based on five different criteria.
The students then determine how much funding each group will be allocated. Continue reading Youth philanthropy at South High School