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PJP 9th Graders BREAKTHROUGH to Impact the community!

The Youth and Philanthropy program was composed of 9th grade students and was facilitated by a PJP faculty member Ms. Maura Malack.

The student-led group, which met after-school every week during the year, received $5000 in funding to donate to worthy causes.  The students were tasked to create their own name and mission statement. Their mission statement, “to help struggling families in our local community break through barriers to achieve a better livelihood” led to the group’s name Breakthrough.

One team member, speaking on behalf of the group, shared that their name and mission statement guided them through their journey. After receiving grant applications, Breakthrough met with people from different local nonprofit organizations and made site visits to see the great work the would be recipients were doing. When the final organizations were selected to receive funds, Breakthrough members all agreed they truly broke through barriers and, hopefully, were able to leave a lasting impact on people in need.

Members of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and those organizations receiving funds attended a presentation at PJP on Monday, June 11th where the students talked about their experience. President and CEO Louis J. Beccaria, Ph.D. told the students,

we made an investment in you and we hope that you learned teamwork and about the organizations in your area that have needs but, most importantly, the payback is that you came forward.”

The four agencies that received funding were as follows:

Mom’s House
Good Samaritan Services
Pillars of Light and Love
The Zachary Wallace Fund

Congratulations to the following 9th Grade Student Leaders for making an IMPACT on our community:

Veronica Charyna
Francis Dawson
Robert DeVico III
Grace Drewicz
Faith Flocco
Taylor Garber
Charles Lacey
Maria Nanartowicz
Anthony Pastella
Dominic Pellegrino
Olivia Wallace