OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has named 50 teens from across the state for its seventh annual Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class. Among the leaders are several from the Edmond area.
The 2019-20 Teen Leaders in Philanthropy living in Edmond or who are attending Edmond-area schools are:
• Deer Creek: Shivani Sugunan;
• Edmond Memorial: Keegan Leibrock, Jonathan Lin;
• Edmond Santa Fe: Fiza Sheikh, Madison White; and
• Oklahoma Christian Academy: Parker Ashworth.
Advisory Council members include:
• Edmond Memorial: Rohan Rajeev;
• Edmond North: Evan Smartt; and
• Edmond Santa Fe: Shreya Kumar.
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.
Also 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.”