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Youth in Philanthropy Winners 2015
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Youth in Philanthropy

AFP-GHC’s Youth in Philanthropy Awards

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 that there will be interest in the nonprofit sector and fundraising in the future, members must expose today’s youth to philanthropy in a meaningful way. With that goal in mind, AFP created the Youth in Philanthropy Subcommittee more than a decade ago. 


Each chapter of the Association has a Youth in Philanthropy component within its Community Outreach and Diversity Committee. The AFP-Greater Houston Chapter (GHC) hosted its 4th Annual Youth in Philanthropy Award this year. Currently throughout the Houston area, young adults are performing countless selfless acts and inspirational community service projects. This award recognizes students in the Greater Houston area who have been compassionate and innovative in their community through volunteerism and fundraising activities.


AFP-GHC is pleased to announce our 2015 YIP Award Winners and two Honorable Mentions that we presented at our July 17th Monthly Education Session, An Overlooked Cornerstone to Relationship Building – Why is trust so important?


The first place winner is Klein Oak High School Student Council that worked with Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County to build a house for a deserving family.  The Council, made up of fourteen officers and 125 members in total, started planning in July and over the next eight months, raised $60,000 through a series of events—tee shirt sales, Homecoming dance ticket proceeds, grow your beard out month, jewelry sales, swim meet dinner tickets, chick fill a spirit nights and a male beauty contest (Mr. Debonair). With the use of creative methods and the involvement of the school and the community, this group not only raised the funds, but also worked with additional clubs every Saturday to construct the house and finished it within five months.  The final dedication of the house was on May 16th, 2014.  As AFP-GHC’s 1st place winners, this group of students received a $3,000 award.



The 2nd place honorable mention was Brandon Berry, an Eagle Scout from Dawson High School, who raised $1,726.24 and with the help of his fellow troupe members planted a series of fruit trees at the Forgotten Angel’s Foundation day habilitation facility.  Forgotten Angels is an organization located in Pearland that provides care for individuals living with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities. The fruit trees are part of a vegetable and fruit garden planted for the residents so that they could watch the fruit grow, harvest it and enjoy eating it.  The thoughtfulness in choosing the appropriate trees, in picking a robust variety of trees and in the longevity of the final results made this project a true stand out to the committee. These trees will be a wonderful part of the Forgotten Angels Foundation program giving people with cognitive and physical differences enjoyment for years to come.  As one of two AFP-GHC honorable mentions, Brandon and Boy Scout Troupe 468 will receive a $1,000 award.




The 3rd place honorable mention goes to Northshore Senior Council for their Turkey of the Year program. These students raised $4,000 in a three week period to purchase Christmas toys for disadvantaged youths in their area.  As one of two AFP-GHC honorable mentions, the Northshore Senior Council will receive a $1,000 award.



Houston has many 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 Kate Ostrow-Yadan, Youth in Philanthropy Subcommittee Chair via email:


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