The Susan Landis Youth Philanthropists (SLYP) are the youth board of the Beckley Area Foundation (BAF). The youth board consists of students ages fourteen to eighteen who work to address the needs of youth in Raleigh County as well as neighboring counties. Throughout the year, SLYP members: Develop leadership and communication skills Design and participate in service projects Research and connect with local nonprofit organizations Learn from local philanthropists about the potential impact of giving Become effective grant-makers and strategic youth philanthropists
SLYP participants are dedicated to using volunteerism, grantmaking, and philanthropy to act as positive youth role models, to improve the surrounding community, and create social change. The program gives young people a voice in the issues that affect them now and the skills to confront the challenges they will face in the future. The best way to learn generosity, gain leadership skills and value community service is by direct exposure and involvement.
As a member, it is expected that you: Are open to opportunities for personal growth (i.e. leadership skills) Attend monthly meetings from August-May Learn about youth needs and assets in our community Make a difference in our community Make decisions about granting funds to youth projects
As many of you already know, we suffered a great loss at the Foundation last summer. We are devastated at the passing of our dear friend and fearless leader, Susan Landis. She was many things to many people, and our hearts go out to all who are grieving with us. Susan was a remarkable woman, whose legacy of generosity, compassion, and dedication to our community will live on for generations to come.
Her memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 19th, at 1:00pm at the Beckley Presbyterian Church. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, STE 301, Beckley WV 25801, or online by clicking the link below.