“We also teach them about philanthropy, how to fundraise through corporate and individual giving,” said Glenn. “Each student is paired with a mentor from the community who works with them on ideas, and each one has a fundraising page that explains how the money goes right back into our program.”
The scholar who raises the most money in a term receives a $2,500 scholarship and a matching one for a Covenant resident.
Powder Springs resident Maggie Wolfe is a leading contender for the honor, having raised $10,000 since October. The 17-year-old from Hillgrove High has done it through networking in person and on social media, securing donations from companies and hosting a Pampered Chef party.
She’s also wrapped presents for contributions at a local bookstore and organized a fundraising night at Otter’s Chicken in West Cobb for Jan. 7, when 15 percent of the proceeds will go to Covenant House.
“I heard about the program through my school, and it sounded like something I’d like to do,” said Wolfe, who last year led a clothing and food drive at Hillgrove. “I really enjoyed doing that and had some experience with it. We’ve had education nights to learn about youth homelessness that raised my awareness. I probably wouldn’t have known about it if I hadn’t been in this program.”
The program does more than increase the scholars’ awareness, said Glenn.
“Yes, their level of knowledge is improved,” she said. “But we also have had parents tell us that they have a different level of empathy now. It shows that getting younger people involved in giving back is very important.”
<em>For information about the Scholars in Service program, contact Covenant House at covenanthouse.org.</em>
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