The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has named 50 teens from across the state for its seventh annual Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class.
The students selected will visit OMRF monthly throughout the 2019-20 school year to meet with philanthropic leaders from Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. They will also learn about how nonprofit organizations function and the impact charitable giving makes on a community.
Among the 50 in the 2019-20 class are five returning students from last year’s class who will operate as an Advisory Council.
Applicants are limited to Oklahoma high school students. Each must submit a written application and a letter of reference to qualify and then participate in an interview process.
The teens selected will work on team-building and fundraising projects tailored to teach the basics of philanthropy, development, networking, fundraising and board service. Previous classes have also worked together to create, organize and operate community-wide events and trivia nights to raise money for disease research at OMRF.
“We are thrilled that this program is continuing to grow and equipping driven young students with the tools they need to make a difference in their communities,” said OMRF Development Associate Caroline Allen. “This first-hand philanthropy experience will give these students the knowledge and skills they need to confidently go out and make an impact.”
The 2019-20 Teen Leaders in Philanthropy are:
Bishop McGuinness: Lindsay Best, Elyse Cronic, Ashley Hill, Peyon McCuan, Charlotte Mounger, Luke Wienecke, Casady: Irene Eckman, Katherine Hawley, Graeme Jones, Reese Rhodes, Choctaw: Aiyana Washington, Classen SAS: Daniel Coronado, Maya Shadid, Crossings Christian: Kennedy Campbell, Madeline Horning, Jackson Roberts, Deer Creek: Shivani Sugunan, Dove Science Academy: Emmanuel Ojuade, Edmond Memorial: Keegan Leibrock, Jonathan Lin, Edmond Santa Fe: Fiza Sheikh, Madison White, Harding Charter Prep: Kate Glass, Heritage Hall: Katherine Curran, Logan Longacre, Lauren Paque, Holdenville: Macy Davenport, Lawton: Ethan Kinslow
Mount Saint Mary: Daly Barnett, Jesse Brooks, Muskogee: Blake Simmons
Noble: Brody Smith, Norman: Vicky Chen, Elisabeth Millington, Norman North: Brooke Bauman, Amiya Dehadrai, Elise McGoldrick, Oklahoma Christian Academy: Parker Ashworth, Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics: Aarib Azeem, Anika Bekkem, Nivedita Jayasekar, Putnam City North: Ann George, Southmoore: Neal Patel, Westmoore: Shea Wortham, Western Heights: Jorge Pena
Advisory Council
Bishop McGuinness: Hannah Lee, Choctaw: Grace Anderson, Edmond Memorial: Rohan Rajeev, Edmond North: Evan Smartt, Edmond Santa Fe: Shreya Kumar