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Lakeland - For this month's "In the Spotlight: Non-Profit Edition," we want to introduce to you an organization dedicated to helping other non-profit organizations. Meet 100 Teens Who Care Lakeland.
100 Teens Who Care Lakeland is a non-profit organization comprised of 6th-12th grade students interested in learning about the needs of local charities and having the power to directly impact those charities with a monetary donation.
In December 2017, a member of the Adult Advisory Board read about an organization called 100 Women Who Care and thought the idea was interesting. After researching the 100 Who Care Alliance, she realized the idea would be groundbreaking for teens in the Lakeland area and presented the idea to Anna Terlep, Anna Esterline, and Gracie Estupinan. From there, these three teens worked together to establish parameters for their newly formed organization, created the logo, and then invited three more teens (Caroline Mason, Katie Achinger, and Erin Volpe) to create a Teen Executive Board in January 2018. The Teen Executive Board consists of students from various local high schools.
100 Teens Who Care Lakeland's vision is to inspire the next generation of philanthropists by encouraging 100+ local teens (6th to 12th graders) to make a collective $1,000 impact on a local charity in the Lakeland area four times a year. In addition, teens can donate their time and talent while developing their leadership skills in a fun, and engaging format.
Teen members build a philanthropic mindset and learn leadership skills in a fun environment. Members take an active role in the needs of the Lakeland community by researching non-profit charities and presenting the needs of those charities to the group. The presenting teen acts as a "champion" for the charity. Members learn how their donation impacted the specific charity when the winning charity is invited to the next meeting.
These teens gather four times a year in the months of February, April, September, and November. Each meeting should run approximately 45-60 minutes.
"Whether you are helping through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you," they mentioned in their website.
For more information about this organization, visit their website at https://100whocarelakeland.org/