H.E.Y! - Hear Erie's Youth

2022 H.E.Y.! Major Grant
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Hear Erie’s Youth! (H.E.Y!), a program of The Erie Community Foundation, and governed by local middle and high school students, is focused on youth gaining a better understanding of real community issues and contributing their voice and perspective to advocate for a stronger, more inclusive community. Members of H.E.Y! learn from community leaders, gain knowledge on the basics of philanthropy, invest real dollars to address youth and community related issues, engage in hands-on service learning, and elevate the youth voice in our region.

In the last two years, H.E.Y! committee members showcased leadership in the community through:

  • Awarding over $20,000 in grant funding to local organizations to address immediate of youth
  • Conducting over a dozen service-learning projects benefitting a wide range of nonprofits including Autism Society, Shriner’s Hospital, Community Shelter Services, Bethany Outreach Center, and many more
  • Spending summers researching and discussing issues important to youth such as mental health, poverty, racism and school and community violence, and developing strategies to address them

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Membership Requirements:

Membership Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be available to attend meetings as scheduled. To ensure the health and safety of all our student members, meetings will be held via Zoom and we will reassess a return to in-person meetings in January 2022.
  2. Members are required to be attending 6th - 12th grade in Erie County during the 2021-2022 school year.
  3. Members should be committed, dedicated, and interested in learning about the community.
  4. Applicants will be expected to embrace the benefits of working with a diverse group of peers and build relationship over the common goal of improving the lives of fellow youth.
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If you have questions or would like more information about being a part of The Erie Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy program, please contact:

  • Rachel Cacchione, Assistant Director of Community Impact at The Erie Community Foundation, at 814-454-0843
  • Mabel Howard, Youth Philanthropy Program Facilitator, at 814-572-0985
H.E.Y.! 2022 Major Grant