Teens sought for OMRF leadership program

Applications for OMRF’s Teen Leaders in Philanthropy program are due Mar. 7.

High school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall of 2014 are eligible to apply for the program. Those selected will gain a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector, develop hands-on leadership skills and will learn how to implement those skills in their community.

Students will be chosen through an application and interview process. Group sessions will start in September and run throughout the 2014-15 school year. Participants will meet leaders from nonprofit organizations, charitable foundations, corporate donors and volunteers, as well as OMRF scientists. They will work with students from a variety of schools throughout the state on a group fundraising project.

“Our goal is to help students meet like-minded students from other schools and allow them to pool their ideas for a common cause,” said OMRF Director of Development Kelley McGuire. “For many of them, it’s their first opportunity to learn what true philanthropy is and why it’s important. We also walk them through the fundamentals of development, board structure, networking, fundraising and using social media.”

For more information and applications, visit www.omrf.org/teen-leaders.