PBCSD Students’ Community Involvement with Philanthropy Tank

PBCSD Students’ Community Involvement Projects to be Highlighted at Philanthropy Tank Pitch
Posted on 02/17/2021
Philanthropy Tank

Each year, Palm Beach County students are invited to present their ideas for community involvement projects before a panel of judges, in a format similar to the Shark Tank television program, to receive funding from the Philanthropy Tank to advance their ideas.

This year, 10 District students’ projects have been selected as finalists to present to the Philanthropist Mentors and Investors for consideration. In addition to funding for their projects, the students can also receive mentorship for a year. This year’s projects are detailed below:

  • BEtter YOUth: Gabrielle Williams from Palm Beach Gardens Community High School and Olivia Gayle from Palm Beach Lakes High School

BEtter YOUth is a program that aims to provide at-risk youth in the juvenile detention system with opportunities to better themselves. Technical work skills, life skills, and spiritual prosperity are taught to the youth in the program.

  • Boundless BioTech: Tawfiq Rawnak, Akash Muthu, Jainil Chokshi, and Manan Mahani from Suncoast High School

Boundless BioTech is a program that aims to teach free, college-level Biomedical Engineering curriculum (coding, lectures, and field training) to low-income students in Palm Beach County.

  • Fridges for Life: Yasmin Lopez from Lake Worth Community High School

Fridges for Life is a program that aims to encourage local produce stores, restaurants, farmers, and community members to donate the excess food they do not use, and have the food stored in one of many community fridges installed across the County.

  • OrangeMath Tutoring: Pierre Louis and Sophie Louis from Spanish River Community High School, along with students from a local private school

OrangeMath Tutoring is a program that aims to provide free math tutoring in Spanish and Haitian-Creole to minority K-5 students.

  • STEMINIST Club: Talya Givoni from Spanish River Community High School

STEMINIST is a program that aims to break the gender stereotypes in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) by empowering young girls in the foster care system to code, create computer circuits, and perform chemistry experiments.

The sixth annual Philanthropy Tank Finals Event will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration is required to watch the event.

The West Palm Beach-based Philanthropy Tank started in 2015 and has since awarded more than $600,000 in funding for more than 45 student-led projects in Palm Beach County and the Baltimore area. From those programs, 14 have become their own 501c3 nonprofit organizations. To see some of the program’s past winners, click here.

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