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Through Magnified Giving, NKY students become philanthropists, join in giving over $174k

Students from the Northern Kentucky area, joined by over 4,200 regional students among 100 different schools, were challenged this past school year by a local nonprofit Magnified Giving to give money to causes whom they felt made a meaningful impact on the surrounding community.

At award ceremonies, before friends, family, and the community, each school presented checks to their selected charities.

At the beginning of the school year, the Lockland-based nonprofit organization gave the student groups money and challenged them to extensively research, debate, discuss, and ultimately invest wisely into selected causes. Collectively, more than $174,700 was granted to 128 regional charities by 100 schools Magnified Giving participants for the 2018 to 2019 school year.

Bishop Brossart High School students granted $1,000 to Art with a Heart, $500 to School on Wheels, and $500 St. Peter and Paul Cathedral Kitchen.

Conner High School students granted $1,000 to Conner High School Youth Service Center.

St. Henry — learning to be philanthropists

Conner Middle School students granted $1,000 to National Alliance on Mental Illness, $500to Grant us Hope, $500 to Rob’s Kids, $500 to Pets for Patients.

Covington Catholic High School students granted $1,000 to Be Concerned.

Covington Latin High School students granted $1,000 to Children’s Home of NKY, and $500 to Rose Garden Home Mission.

Dayton High School granted $1,000 to Welcome House.

Dayton Middle School granted $1,000 to Be Concerned Inc.

Highlands High School students granted $1,000 to The Salvation Army Southwest Ohio & Northeast Kentucky.

Holmes High School students granted $1,000 to Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.

Holy Cross High School students granted $1,000 to St. Vincent DePaul NKY, $1,000.00 to JDRF, and $750.00 to CancerFree Kids.

Larry A. Ryle High School granted $1,000 to Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.

Notre Dame Academy students granted $1,000 to Madonna House and $500 to Milestones Equestrian Achievement Program.

Simon Kenton students granted $1,000 to Matthew 25 Ministries.

St. Henry High School students granted 1,500.00 to Go Pantry, $1,500.00 to Wesley Chapel Mission Center, $1,200.00 to Be Concerned Inc, and $1,200.00 to Covington Partners.

Summit View Academy students granted $1,000to Pets for Patients.

Art With a Heart’s mission is to provide equitable opportunities for high-quality visual arts education to Indianapolis children and youth.

Be Concerned Inc. is the largest free food pantries in Northern Kentucky since 1987. They help low-income residents of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties each month.

The mission of CancerFree KIDS is to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.

The mission of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is to be a community leader providing children and families with opportunity and hope for better lives.

Conner High School’s Youth Service Center’s mission is to reduce barriers to education through services to youth and families. Areas of service include Career and College assistance, Substance Abuse Education and Prevention, Part-time and summer job development, referral to Health Care, Educational Support, Basic Needs and Families in Crisis.

Covington Partners work to keep our community moving forward by eliminating boundaries to learning and success.T hrough innovation and collaboration, they create a safe and engaging environment for our students and families to learn and grow

Grant us Hope’s mission is to transform the conversation on suicide prevention and bridge local service gaps through collaborative, evidence-based research, education, and programs.

Go Pantry provides food to Boone County children who do not have enough to eat at home. Kids are provided with the GO BOXES (school break food boxes) and GO BAGS (weekend food packs delivered during the school year).

JDRF fights against type 1 diabetes (T1D) by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D

Pets for Patients assesses and matches rescue pets (either cats or dogs) with children receiving treatment referred by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).

Rob’s Kids, Inc. is committed to making a difference in the lives of children who struggle with depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They provide funding and sponsorship to psychiatric professionals, along with resources and education to families, with the goal of providing a safe place where kids can find a home away from home.

Rose Garden Home Mission is a full Pregnancy Care Center, helping Moms make good choices in their pregnancies and assisting them with material needs for them and their babies; a no-questions-asked Food Pantry where families may receive food every day the Mission’s open; a free primary care clinic called the Rose Garden Center for Hope & Healing; and a free Dental Clinic. In addition, the Mission offers free professional Psychological Counseling, Parenting Classes, Diabetes Education classes, Smoking Cessation classes, Thanksgiving Turkeys to families in need and Christmas toys to needy children.

School on Wheels mission is to break the cycle of homelessness through education.

St. Peter and Paul Catholic kitchen serves the underprivileged through meals while displaying the love of Jesus Christ.

The Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Council of Northern KY visit the homes of those needing help to offer spiritual, emotional and material assistance. One of their goals is early intervention with the hope of preventing homelessness for our clients.

The Salvation Army Southwest Ohio & Northeast Kentucky offers emergency disaster relief, emergency assistance, emergency shelter, housing, outreach programs, visitation programs, childcare services, youth programs, a program to combat human trafficking, an adult rehabilitation center, and holiday assistance for needy individuals and families.

Madonna House strives to help the single young woman who has chosen to give birth and raise her child. The goal of Madonna House is to prepare the mother emotionally, financially, spiritually, and educationally for independent living. Madonna House provides education in parenting and basic life skills, as well as counseling support and motivation to lead a healthy, happy, and productive life for both mother and child.

The mission of Matthew 25: Ministries is to fulfill Matthew 25:34-40 of the New Testament by providing nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, affordable shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to those in need. Additionally, Matthew 25: Ministries is committed to fulfilling Matthew 25:40 by educating the public on the conditions and needs of the “least of these” and by providing resources for action.

Milestones Equestrian Achievement Program is a therapeutic horsemanship program that presents opportunities for individuals with challenges to enhance their quality of life. They assist each rider to become an innovative and productive member of the community by building independence, self-confidence, and social skills in a safe, fun, and loving environment.

National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and mental health conditions. Members of NAMI are families, friends, and individuals living with these conditions.

Pets for Patients assesses and matches rescue pets (either cats or dogs) with children receiving treatment referred by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky works to end homelessness. We do this by offering a continuum of services to our clients to take them from housing uncertainty to housing stability. Welcome House offers three main service areas which include: housing, income and benefits, and service coordination

Wesley Chapel Mission Center ministers to Over-the-Rhine children and families by demonstrating God’s unconditional love, nurturing personal relationships with Jesus Christ, providing educational programs, guiding social and moral development and collaborating within the community.

Founded by Roger Grein in 2008, the vision of Magnified Giving is for every high school student in America, beginning with Greater Cincinnati, to learn and be inspired to be lifelong educated philanthropists. The Evendale-based nonprofit organization has awarded $878,000 through student-awarded grants to local charities.

The benefits of Magnified Giving go well beyond the immediate impact on regional causes. The program teaches students leadership and life skills and how to work together as a team toward a common goal. It introduces them to foundations, volunteer boards, and it touches students’ hearts in deep, long-lasting ways.

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