Members of the local Youth Pod, called Helping Achieve New Directions with Students (H.A.N.D.S.), attended the retreat entitled, “Phil’s on Phire.” The entire retreat experience was designed to help young people discover their unique passion for serving their communities. Taylor Snavley, senior H.A.N.D.S. member, said ‘the most memorable aspect of the retreat was all the different ways youth pods contributed to their individual communities.’
H.A.N.D.S. is guided and directed by the Whitley County Community Foundation in collaboration with the three school corporations in Whitley County. Mike Snavley, parent who attended, reports that ‘it was nice to see the students concerned with making sure the activities were running smoothly and staying on track.’
The Dekko Foundation provides financial support and vision for Youth Pods across its grantmaking areas. “Every two years we like to bring members of Youth Pods together,” said Tom Leedy, Dekko Foundation president. “The synergy from getting philanthropic young people together is amazing. The topic of the retreat- fueling one’s philanthropic passion – was chosen by the young people themselves because they believed it was the missing piece needed to move their work forward.”
This year’s retreat was planned and hosted by Youth Pod members, alumni and adults who have a special personal interest in philanthropy. These leaders, who participate on a committee called “phish,” strategized, planned and hosted the two-day event.
Attending the Youth Pod Retreat from H.A.N.D.S. were: Emily Day, Evan Cozad, Taylor Daniel, and Taylor Snavley.
Acting as adult supporters for the young people from Whitley County were: Janice Daniel, Mike Snavley, and John Slavich.
H.A.N.D.S. works to fund innovative ideas in education and help improve the quality of life in Whitley County. The organization accepts grant applications to address their mission and looks for community projects that allow them to further their mission.
For more information about H.A.N.D.S., contact John Slavich at (260) 244-5224 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.