Happy spring from the Young Philanthropists of Greenville County!
I have the honor and privilege of leading the YP Council for 2017. For those who do not know, the YP Council is a group of volunteers chosen to lead the efforts and initiatives of Greenville County’s Young Philanthropists (United Way leadership donors aged 40 and under). In 2016, the YPs came together and raised more $1.2 million for our community. In addition, our membership increased to over 950 generous individuals. That's a great accomplishment, but I am confident we can do even more this year.
School Readiness is the YPs' main focus. Kids who are prepared to start school are more likely to perform well and graduate on time. The YPs have assisted with this initiative in many ways, including serving as book fair volunteers, participating in Public Education Partners (PEP) Summer Reading Nights and installing Little Free Libraries around town.
To date, the YPs have installed Little Free Libraries at Heritage Community Apartments and Pleasant Valley Connection with plans to install more this year. Stay tuned!
Born Learning Trails
The YPs have also assisted with the Born Learning Trails initiative. A Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents and caregivers create quality engagement opportunities.
The YPs have currently installed trails at Cleveland Park, Nicholtown, the Pavilion, Butler Springs Park, Herdklotz Park and Heritage Apartments, and more installations are planned for this year.
Socials & Events
In addition to giving back to our community, YPs enjoy hosting social events for members and prospects to learn about our community involvement. We successfully kicked off the Be a Book Bunny initiative at our social in March. Thanks to everyone for helping us collect lots of books and school supplies for local children!
We look forward to hosting our YP Summer Celebration, the biggest party of the year, for members and prospects. There will be great food, drinks, music and many opportunities for networking. Keep an eye out for your invite! Plans are still in the works but we are hoping to schedule this event for August.
I hope you have enjoyed our first blog post. We will be posting every few months to keep you updated on the campaign and let you know how you can get involved and make Greenville County a better place. Let’s all work toward the best for our community in 2017!
We encourage you to get involved and spread the word. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our council and the initiatives that we support. You can also visit our Hands On Greenville website, www.handsongreenville.org, to register as a volunteer and sign up for opportunities.
Brad Cline, YP Chair 2017