PHOENIX, Ore. – Several Phoenix High School students presented $5000 in grants to local organizations on Wednesday night.
The school received the funds to give out as part of the Oregon Community Foundation’s Community 101 program.
A group of about 15 students works together to hear proposals and conduct site visits to decide where the money should go. This year, the students awarded money to local organizations like the Addiction Recovery Center, and the Children’s Advocacy Center.
One teacher who supervises the programs says it’s a unique way for students to get real world experience with philanthropy.
“Putting students in charge of money is like the best idea. They’re so able to read between the lines that I think adults sometimes have trouble doing,” said Nanosh Lucas who is a Spanish teacher at the high school.