The program was designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy – giving of one’s self to address the needs of others. Students research regional philanthropic efforts, practiced leadership, cooperation, assessment, and decision-making. The program was managed by the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation and the club adviser was Mrs. Colleen Hampton.
|Students present organizations with grant money to further their important work|
The Owen J. Roberts Middle School Youth and Philanthropy Club utilized the grant from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation to help area non-profits. Students spent the year exploring non-profit organizations in the community and became especially interested in those which provide services to individuals with mental health needs. Students chose three organizations to support with their grant and presented their donations to representatives from these organizations at a luncheon on May 20, 2015.
The organizations who received support were:
The Arc of Chester County
Montgomery County Emergency Service
Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force
Students were very impacted by their visits to these organizations. They were strongly affected by the Music Therapy Program at the Arc. Children participate in music therapy used therapeutically to address a variety of functional needs, such as physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and/or social functioning.
They were also moved by the suicide prevention work of the Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES) and the Chester County Suicide Prevention (CCSP) Task Force. The club was excitd to help the CCSP Task force fund the training of five QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) instructors.
Students worked with MCES and MS Student Assistance Counselor, Mrs. Victoria Morgan, to develop a suicide prevention toolkit for teachers. The students presented the toolkit to the staff. Each teacher received a booklet as a concise reference on suicide crisis prevention. Upon visiting the agency in March, students learned that MCES is in need of laptops for the organization's mobile response team. The club was thrilled to utilize funding from Phoenixville Community Health to purchase 5 laptops for this purpose.