Lego donations for childhood cancer patients. An inclusive playground for children of all abilities. Teachings kids to code in after-school programs. These are some of the programs powered by an organization called Philanthropy Tank, which inspires Palm Beach County’s next generation of change leaders.
The program challenges, empowers, and equips teenagers to develop and execute sustainable initiatives to help solve community problems.
“Philanthropy Tank is a program that ignites and empowers youth to dream big and gives them the resources and guidance to execute and implement their dreams,” Executive Director January Reissman said. “Because of their dreams and their voice, we’ve collectively, in just three years of programming, directly impacted the lives of over 200,000 people.”
Reissman and her staff also work alongside the young entrepreneurs to provide leaders in the national philanthropic world as mentors.
Philanthropist-investors fund student initiatives by investing in their community projects. Through one-on-one mentoring, philanthropist-investors also fuel students’ desires, helping them execute initiatives while increasing their ability to make meaningful change.