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2018 “YIP” Grant Winners Announced! FailSafe-ERA and Mary Washington Grief Support Services


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FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Forty local high school students gave $10,000 to two local nonprofits.

The students – members of The Community Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program – spent 20 weeks reading applications, conducting site visits, interviewing nonprofit leaders and deliberating decisions. They presented their findings to an audience of foundation board members, parents and community leaders on December 13th. The grant money is provided by area donors who give through The Community Foundation.

At the recommendation of Youth in Philanthropy members, the foundation awarded $7,195 to FailSafe-ERA for their youth program Changing the Next Generation: Children and Youth Affected by Incarceration.

The Changing the Next Generation program is a project that expands FailSafe-ERA’s mission by deterring criminal activity in youth, providing guidance and support to children with incarcerated parents and addressing adverse childhood experiences that can lead to behavioral and mental health problems for children.

Students from surrounding elementary, middle, and high schools as well as the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center will participate in group exercises to help them better understand their feelings and the traumatic effects of incarceration. The program seeks to improve communication skills in youth as well as within families affected by incarcerated in hopes of fostering lasting healthy relationships.

Over time, FailSafe-ERA, an area nonprofit that assists formerly incarcerated citizens and families affected by incarceration, hopes that the program will reduce the likelihood of youth offenders and increase family stabilization. A short term goal is to assist youth in coping with the sense of shame, feelings of isolation, and low self-esteem which are associated with having an incarcerated family member.

Youth in Philanthropy students recognized that this grant directly affects a relatively small group of people, but the depth of impact creates large ripples in our community.
The foundation awarded $2,805 to Mary Washington Grief Support Services for the expansion of their program Grief Support for Children and Teens.
With this grant, Grief Support Services will expand their existing program to reach seventy to one hundred new students in ten additional middle and elementary schools in Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties.
Grief Support Services estimates 1 in 20 students will experience the loss of a parent or sibling before their eighteenth birthday. Grief impacts a student’s learning, school performance, social development and emotional health. Many educators feel they lack the training to support a grieving child in the classroom, an experience shared by parents and families of grieving children.

Grief Support for Children and Teens provides in-school support groups at no cost to the school or student while providing personnel with the appropriate resources and guidelines to support students in times of loss. Through the peer support groups the program strives to encourage healthy expressions of grief, improve coping skills, increase communication skills and increase understanding of the grief process.

Youth in Philanthropy student grant reviewers appreciated this resourceful model for meeting student needs and are looking forward to the program helping even more youth in our area.

Now is the ideal time for rising 10th graders to apply to become a “YIP” member of Youth in Philanthropy for Fall 2019! Visit the foundation’s website at


The 2018 participants in Youth in Philanthropy are:

  1. Noah Adams (not pictured)
  2. Mason Allen (pictured)
  3. Ky Bautista (pictured)
  4. Claire Brady (pictured)
  5. Emery Brown (pictured)
  6. Haley Caspersen (pictured)
  7. Joshua Cole (pictured)
  8. Dimitri Constantine (pictured)
  9. Gray Dameron (not pictured)
  10. Gwendolyn Daniels (pictured)
  11. Mitch Dolby (pictured)
  12. Sam DuMont (pictured)
  13. Kelsey DuPuy (pictured)
  14. Benjamin Fidler (pictured)
  15. Hollis Glancy (pictured)
  16. Clifton Goode (pictured)
  17. Levi Hoffman (not pictured)
  18. Justice Hood (pictured)
  19. Libby Humes (not pictured)
  20. Alina Krannitz (pictured)
  21. Reilly Krannitz (pictured)
  22. Shannan Marrs (pictured)
  23. Mary McDaniel (pictured)
  24. Adam Payne (pictured)
  25. Jeremiah Pouncy (pictured)
  26. Abe Rowe (pictured)
  27. William Rowe (pictured)
  28. Cooper Sims (not pictured)
  29. William Snead (not pictured)
  30. Grace Sprinkle (pictured)
  31. MacKeon Sprinkle (pictured)
  32. Carter Sprinkle (pictured)
  33. Lauren Stanitski (pictured)
  34. Erica Stanitski (pictured)
  35. Dahlia Stebbins-Sharpless (pictured)
  36. Allie Suthar (pictured)
  37. Caroline Wack (pictured)
  38. Madeline Weber (pictured)
  39. Charles Willis (pictured)
  40. Declan Zelazny (not pictured)
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