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2017 AFP GHC Youth in Philanthropy Award Winners

Friday, August 4, 2017  
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2017 AFP-GHC’s Youth in Philanthropy Award Winners


The Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) is committed to the development of the next generation of fundraisers. The Association understands that in order to ensure there will be interest in the nonprofit sector and fundraising in the future, members must expose young people to philanthropy in a meaningful way. To that end, more than ten years ago, AFP created the Youth in Philanthropy Subcommittee.


Each chapter of the Association has a Youth in Philanthropy component within its Diversity & Community Outreach Committee. The youth are performing so many wonderful community service projects. This award recognizes students in the Greater Houston area who have been innovative and compassionate in their community through volunteerism and fundraising activities. The AFP-Greater Houston Chapter (GHC) is pleased to announce its 2017 Youth in Philanthropy Award Winner and Honorees.


The 1st Place winners are Quest Early College High School (ECHS) - Dual Credit Social Studies students. One hundred and forty students enrolled in dual credit U.S. History participated in a service learning project that addressed the needs of Humble Museum and Bordersville Community in Humble, Texas. Bordersville is an African-American community located on Farm Road 1960 that began in 1927 with the building of a sawmill by Edgar Borders. Citizens remained in the area after the closing of the mill and eventually formed a citizen's council to address the needs of the community, such as adequate housing, paved streets, running water, and a sewage system. Over the years, the Bordersville community has struggled to stay in existence as commercial and industrial developers seek to purchase and repurpose the land.


Once Quest ECHS students became aware of the needs of the community, they wanted to help the Humble Museum and the citizens of Bordersville document the area's history and safeguard its landmarks from encroachment. The project goals were to: 1) preserve and protect Humble Negro Cemetery (Pipe Yard Cemetery), the segregated area of Tetter Cemetery and acquire historical recognition for each and 2) preserve the cultural history of Bordersville by collecting oral histories and securing historical recognition for Bordersville and its community. Students cleaned headstones and markers, leveled sunken graves, and installed a fence and a flag pole to honor veterans at both cemeteries. Students also contacted the Texas Historical Commission and state representatives to gain historical recognition for the cemeteries. They also helped host the 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children in the Bordersville community and completed census work for the City of Humble Museum. Lone Star College assisted with the technology needed for the Oral History Project. The University of Houston, Center for Public History has offered to transcribe all of the oral history interviews collected by the students and archive them online. As AFP-GHC’s 1st place winners, Quest Early College High School - Dual Credit Social Studies Class and students received a $3,000 award.


The 1st Honorable Mention winners are Jordan Fein and Lauren Elie with their Flower Power Gives program. Students of Kincaid and Awty International Schools, Jordan and Lauren, along with their mothers, created Flower Power Gives to serve two purposes: 1) mitigate the unnecessary waste of flowers that were discarded after luncheons, galas and weddings and 2) give people who are in unfortunate situations (poor or sick) or people who serve or have served their community/country flowers to brighten up their day. Through their program, Jordan and Lauren have delivered flowers several hundred times to 27 organizations, such as: Ronald McDonald House, Covenant House, Salvation Army, Nursing Homes, DeBakey Veteran’s Hospital. Cuney Homes Housing Community, Search for Homeless Services, Legacy Community Health, Santa Maria Hostel, Star of Hope, Gracewood, Interfaith Ministries and many more. They started this without realizing how special flowers are to people who cannot afford them. Jordan and Lauren learned how to set up a charity and work together as a team, and how valuable a random act of kindness can be in lifting others’ spirits. They now take fewer things for granted and learned that even when facing big problems like illness and homelessness, there is always some small thing they can do to have an impact on easing someone’s burden. As AFP-GHC’s 1st Honorable Mention winners, Jordan, Lauren and their Flower Power Gives program receive a $1,000 award.


The 2nd Honorable Mention winners are Kayla Wrobbel and Madeline Frasca from Klein Oak High School with their Panthers Helping People program. The main goal of the project was to raise as much money as they could for patients at the Texas Children’s Hospital. The students involved the majority of the school and sold over 200 t-shirts and raised over $1,000. This money will help families, who cannot afford their child’s treatment costs, pay for hospital bills. The group also made 15 blankets for patients, making the blanket-making event a big success for the club as well. As AFP-GHC’s 2nd Honorable Mention winners, Kayla, Madeline and Klein Oak High School receive a $1,000 award.


Congratulations again to all of our winners!


Houston has wonderful organizations in our public schools, and we at AFP GHC want to support and encourage these students and their leadership service in the nonprofit community.


For more information on AFP GHC’s Youth in Philanthropy program, contact Vida L. Avery, Ph.D., Chair, Diversity and Community Outreach via email:

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