Giving Circle Awards Over $31,000 in Grants to Serve Local Youth

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Seven nonprofits providing services for underserved youth in Placer County received funding from Placer Community Foundation’s Giving Circle. During a reception at Beermann’s Brewpub, the Community Foundation awarded grants, totaling $31,875 to A Touch of Understanding, Boys & Girls Club of Placer County, Child Advocates of Placer County, Excel Roseville, Prison Families Aftercare, ReDirect Nuevo Camino, and The Axiom Lincoln. This funding supports programs serving youth and young adults ages 14-21. Such programs offer opportunities for young people to learn critical life and leadership skills and form lasting relationships; providing them with a stronger sense of belonging, empowerment and a bright future.

The grantees represent a wide scope of services and geographic focus areas. In Lincoln, two nonprofits, The Axiom and ReDirect Nuevo Camino, received a grant. During the reception, a group of four young women from ReDirect performed ballet folklórico that they had arranged and choreographed themselves. Karen Hernandez, ReDirect’s Executive Director, shared, “Our program instills values including education, respect for others, positive behavior, and good judgment as well as cultural pride.”

A Touch of Understanding received funding to expand their Youth F.O.R.C.E. (Friends Offering Respect – Creating Empowerment) Club to Roseville High School. This program has had immense success at Granite Bay High School for three years as participants have brought disability awareness to their campus and created a more inclusive school community. The club provides valuable opportunities for leadership and participants develop social and emotional intelligence when they practice inclusion and acceptance.

Over its seven year history, the Giving Circle has granted over $180,000 to local youth serving organizations through the Youth Development program. Local individuals and businesses join the Circle because of their commitment to the cause and the unique ability to serve as hands-on reviewers of the grant proposals. Emily Anderson, CPA and Giving Circle member explains, “I love being a part of the Giving Circle because it allows the contributors to meet the applicants, and this not only helps us to feel a spirit of community, but allows us to be more invested in the groups and their projects. Our modest donations grow into something that can substantially impact these groups, and hopefully change the course of history for young people in our own community.”

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