Four High School Students Complete CGLI’s 2022 Young Philanthropists Program 

As Part of the Curriculum, Students Awarded 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 September 15, during which they also awarded two $1,500 grants: one to the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) and one to The Belle Center.

The 2022 TYPs include: J’Shaun Conyers, McKinley High School; Brian Croom, Olmsted High School; James Heard, South Park High School; and Alyssa Wafford, Hutchinson Central Technical High School.

The CGLI launched TYP program in 2016 to spark curiosity about giving personally and collectively within communities of color – by learning about grantmaking, community impact and philanthropy. After hearing from community leaders and philanthropists in the community, TYPs have the opportunity to award two $1,500 grants to two community organizations. To accomplish this, the 2022 TYPs met virtually and in person twice a month from May until September.

“On behalf of the CGLI Council, we congratulate these students on completing this unique teen leadership program,” said Ruth D. Bryant, CGLI Chair and TYP Mentor. “We are confident that these young trailblazers of color have learned about philanthropy, and walk away feeling proud of their impact and more empowered to pay it forward in their own communities.”

Applications for the 2023 TYP program will be accepted starting in January 2023. Visit for more information.



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

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