Buffalo High School Students Complete Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s 2023 Young Philanthropists Program As Part of the Curriculum, Students Award Two $1,500 Grants

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and an initiative that aims to cultivate change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York, is pleased to announce that four high school students have completed The Young Philanthropists (TYP) program. The students were honored at a Capstone Ceremony on June 20, during which they also awarded $1,500 grants to Confident Girl Mentoring Program, Inc. and Home Beneath Our Feet, Inc.

The 2023 TYPs include: Abthaha Chowdhury, Lafayette High School; Aliyah Hugley, Tapestry High School; Bishara Lott Jr., East Pathways High School; and Terrence McCarthy, McKinley High School.

The CGLI launched its TYP program in 2016 to spark curiosity about giving personally and collectively within communities of color by providing learning opportunities for grantmaking, community impact and philanthropy. After hearing from leaders and philanthropists in the community, TYPs also have the opportunity to award $1,500 grants to two 501 (c)(3) community organizations.

“On behalf of the CGLI Council, we congratulate these high school juniors for their dedication and commitment to learning about the power of grantmaking and community impact to pay it forward and make a difference in our community through The Young Philanthropists program,” said Oswaldo Mestre, Jr., CGLI Chair. “We hope they carry this knowledge and these lessons forward with them and continue to look for opportunities to create a better Western New York for all of us.”

Applications for the 2023-24 TYP program will be accepted starting in August. Visit thecgli.org for more information.

Pictured left to right at the Capstone Ceremony on June 20, 2023, Aaron Hord, Director, Client Relations at Community Foundation, Bishara Lott, Jr., TYP Participant, TiMiko Noel, Case Manager at Buffalo Urban League, Terrence McCarthy, TYP Participant, Betsy Constantine, President/CEO at Community Foundation, Oswaldo Mestre, Jr., CGLI Chair.




About the CGLI

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, exists to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. The CGLI works toward this mission through endowment building, engaging strategic partners, and intentional community connections. For additional information about the CGLI, please visit thecgli.org.

About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and encouraged long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Established in 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at cfgb.org.