Legacy Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Council hosts first Give in Lake County: High School Challenge

Take the Give in Lake County: High School Challenge to give, lead, and make a difference in your community for one month. Legacy Foundation, Lake County's community foundation, asks teens and high schools to volunteer and fundraise from April 1 to April 30 for a chance to win $1000.

Legacy Foundation is offering a $1000 grant to both the high school and the nonprofit that log the most volunteer hours; a $1000 grant to both the high school and the nonprofit that raise the most money; and a $1000 college scholarship to the student that wins the essay/ video contest. That's a total of $5000 for giving back to your community!

"Philanthropy is not the bastion of the wealthy; in fact philanthropy is the arena for all to engage in improving the quality of life for our fellow man," said Harry Vande Velde, president and CEO of Legacy Foundation. "Legacy Foundation created the High School Challenge to engage one of our most energetic and vital constituencies, teenagers! We recognize that teenagers are a marvelous resource in Lake County and the "Challenge" allows them to have some framework to work within, to become participants in a program that benefits their school, their community and themselves."

For 30 days, high school students will tally their volunteer hours and fundraising dollars to show their school's philanthropic pride. Give in Lake County: High School Challenge consists of three contests, each with at least $1000 at stake.

  • Volunteering Volunteer with any Lake County nonprofit organization between April 1 and April 30. Track your volunteer hours. The school that logs the most hours will receive $1000 and the organization that receives the most volunteer hours will be granted $1000.
  • Fundraising Each high school will select one (1) nonprofit organization to fundraise for throughout April. Promote the need and collect donations on the Legacy Foundation Donor Engagement Platform (www.legacyfdn.org/giveleadmakeadifference). In addition to the raised funds, the nonprofit that receives the most donations will be awarded $1000. The nominating high school will also win $1000.
  • Essay/Video Have an innovative idea about how to make Lake County a better place to live, work and play? Tell us in 500 words or less, or create a 2-3 minute video. The student with the most inventive idea will receive a $1000 college scholarship.

Throughout the month of April, celebrate National Volunteer Month by getting youth involved with a worthy nonprofit organization. Encourage students to help a nonprofit better serve Lake County by raising funds or giving their time. On average, 15.5 million teenagers volunteer annually, contributing more than 1.3 billion hours of service.[1] Let's see how many hours our teens can give in one month!

In addition to getting youth actively engaged in their communities, volunteering also helps indicate stronger academic achievement, greater interest in political and current events, and decreased participation in risky behaviors[2]. These positive behaviors become stronger with school-based service, especially among disadvantaged youth.

For many students, school plays a big role in whether or not they choose to volunteer or get the chance to serve. Service activities provided by the school may give youth their first experiences in developing a sense of belonging to a larger community and how they can be involved in it.

There is no deadline to sign up, but Lake County high schools are encouraged to register with Legacy Foundation soon, providing a staff contact who will serve as the high school's representative. The staff representative from the winning schools of the volunteer contest and the fundraising contest will both win a $100 gift card.

For contest details visit: http://www.legacyfdn.org/youthphilanthropycouncilcontest.php.

Give big. Win big. Are you up to the challenge?