Training the next generation of philanthropists

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has chosen 39 students from across the state for the second class of Teen Leaders in Philanthropy.

This group will visit OMRF monthly during the 2014-2015 school year to meet philanthropic leaders and learn more about nonprofit organizations and how giving impacts their communities.

“The Teen Leaders are students who are dedicated to improving their communities and giving back,” said OMRF director of development Kelley McGuire. “We want to teach them how to be great volunteers, organizers and board members.”

Last year’s inaugural class worked together to create and run the Hunt 4 Hope egg hunt to raise funding for childhood disease research at OMRF.

“We’re here to teach and give guidance, not orders,” McGuire said. “These are smart, driven young adults with great ideas of their own. Our job is to show them how to work together to achieve their goals.”

The 2014 Teen Leaders in Philanthropy are:

  • ASTEC – Jessica Cifuentes, Clavis Gilbert, Emily Harter, Bryan Sandoval, Bianka Tobias
  • Bishop McGuinness – Jenny Swinton, Aspen Weber
  • Classen SAS – Shandel Chang, Evan McKinnis
  • Deer Creek – Brian Burling, Sofia Horky, Anusha Sadruddin
  • Edmond Memorial – Ragavendra Pai, Joanna Quiah
  • Edmond North – Parker Beaver, Lauren Bixby, Luke McNaughton, Macy Mottley, Haley Nichols
  • Edmond Santa Fe – Melissa Onyekuru, Will Rhone
  • Harding – Yesenia Galacia, Kayleigh Peters, Alejandro Santillan, Rebeca Trevizo
  • Heritage Hall – Vivian Armitage, Kate Hardberger, Jessica Ingram, Kylee Keller, Jenna Odgers, Ali Wright
  • Jones – Samantha Barclay
  • Metro Christian – Shelby Bierman
  • Norman North – Kathryn Duncan, Lucy Fulkerson, Mackenzie Gibson, Zainab Sandhu
  • Putnam City North – Angela Nwankwo
  • Santa Fe South – Tram Nguyen