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Continuing Influence: The Youth Philanthropy Project
By The Community Foundation / April 13, 2016
Continuing Influence: The Youth Philanthropy Project

Continuing Influence: The Youth Philanthropy Project

When Marvin Green joined the Boys and Girls Club, he was a shy second grader from a single parent family. He quickly took advantage of everything the Club offered – lasting relationships, camping and sports, and travel to other states. He was also named Youth of the Year three times. "Boys and Girls Club opened a whole new world for me," said Marvin, "It was a place of refuge where I could be myself."

A long-time grantee, Boys and Girls Club offers students like Marvin the opportunity to succeed and find a sense of belonging. A natural leader, Marvin shared his talents both in the club and at school, and his involvement in programs like the Youth Philanthropy Project, a youth grant-making initiative offered through The Community Foundation, launched his interest in giving back to the community. Now serving as Director of the club in Petersburg, Marvin says his career choice was a no-brainer. "Seeing a smile on a kid’s face is worth more than a million bucks to me. I want every kid to see that they are special."

"The Youth Philanthropy Project brings together diverse perspectives from young people across the region. It supports my belief in celebrating youth – giving them an opportunity to learn from one another, care for one another and have undeniable fun together."

Marvin Green, Youth Philanthropy alumnus

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