The Lansdowne-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award Loudoun Youth Inc. with a $10,000 grant.
Loudoun Youth Inc. announced the grant this week and said the money will fund the organization’s summer program, Leadership Loudoun Youth.
The summer program started five years ago to give local high school students an opportunity to explore career options while learning the skills needed to succeed in higher education and in the professional world. The students are taught about setting goals, adhering to ethics, using professional language in speech and writing, and working within a team framework. They are also introduced to local leaders in business, politics, technology and agriculture, and they synthesize their new skills into a host of leadership-building activities.
“This generous grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which provides the largest scholarships in the nation to high-achieving students with financial need, will enable us to share this program with an additional 20 students who may not otherwise be able to attend this summer,” Jared Melvin, chief executive officer of Loudoun Youth Inc., stated in a press release announcing the grant.
Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy stated, “Leadership Loudoun Youth is doing an outstanding job helping high school students develop important skills. By providing funding to enable students with financial need to attend the program, we hope to put them on a path that will lead to success in college and in their careers.”