Eight local Delray, Boca students named to 2020 Philanthropy Tank Class

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11th graders at Spanish River Nishah Jaferi and Jonathan Beres are behind Hello Hygienics. Submitted photo

Students to pitch their projects to philanthropy investors this month

Staff report

Out of the dozen students selected to pitch their philanthropic ideas to investors this month in a Shark Tank style presentation, eight attend local Boca and Delray schools.

The Philanthropy Tank Finalists applied to participate in the program that grants them mentorship from leading philanthropists and local business leaders and a chance to present their charity program ideas live in front of philanthropist investors and an audience.

Each pitch can receive up to $15,000 in funding during the live pitch event, which will take place on March 19 at the Kravis Center.

Here are the local students and their projects:

Empower Your Hour – Cameron Newman, 10th grade, Saint Andrews

Teens can visit the Empower Your Hour online marketplace, where they can filter their interests and preferences, and find meaningful service opportunities listed by nonprofit organizations.

Hello Hygienics – Nishah Jaferi and Jonathan Beres  11th grade, Spanish River High School (Boca Raton)

In Palm Beach County, the issue of homelessness is marked by limited access to basic needs such as dental care, skin care, feminine products, and more. Hello Hygienics strives to combat this barrier to proper sanitation by providing handy, on-the-go, wellness kits to prioritize health for the less fortunate.

Idea Lab – Angel Rojas, Pierce Dono, and Oliver Charles-Pierre – 8th grade, St. Vincent Ferrer School

These students aim to start an Idea lab in the library of the Glades based Hope Rural School based on the principles they have learned in Design Thinking class. Students will have a setup where they can gather tools and materials to create, invent, tinker, and fabricate as a community through hands on design and construction.

MoneyBuddies – Gabriel Sun and Brendan Detamore – 11th  Grade, American Heritage

MoneyBuddies is a program that intends to inspire the youth of Palm Beach County by providing them with fun, free lessons in basic principles of financial literacy and proper money management.

This is Philanthropy Tank’s fifth year of supporting local student’s ideas. In that time, students have created and continue to run organizations supporting music/art education, women’s empowerment, underprivileged children, pediatric cancer patients and more. The nonprofit Philanthropy Tank has awarded more than $400,000 in funding and provided hundreds of hours of mentorship for teens who have started nearly three dozen local charities.