In 2018-2019, six Bishop’s students joined three students from other schools with the goal of helping other children in San Diego. The named their organization The Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC).
Camille Farrell ’22, James Farrell ’24, Oggie Holm ’24, Alex Ozarski ’24, Margaux Sauvage ’24 and Sofi Verma ’24 their peers are the founding nine members of the group.
San Ysidro Health’s (SYHealth) Maternal and Child Health Center became the focus of their efforts, enabling thousands of children in San Diego to have access to key healthcare services.
Alex explains, “My role as a Youth Philanthropy Council member gives me great responsibility and allows all of us to help and give back to the community. As a group we all work on raising funds for the organization that we choose, this year and the last was San Ysidro Health. We learned the importance of helping kids just like us who may not have the same opportunities as we do.”
Having learned that healthier children do better in school, the YPC members researched further about the positive impact of good health on child and student well-being, and the lifelong benefits that accrue, ultimately becoming ambassadors for the mission of SYHealth. Throughout the year, they spent weekends selling admission tickets, soliciting donations and auction items for SY Health’s La Gran Fiesta 50th Anniversary Gala. By early August, their efforts raised more than $100,000 for SY Health.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, the YPC members took the stage at the Gala, making the case for children’s healthcare and challenging the nearly 900 attendees to match the $100,000 that they had worked so hard to secure. The crowd rose to the occasion, surpassing the YPC’s challenge, raising an additional $130,000 for SYHealth that evening (see photos at right).
What’s next for the YPC? Alex notes, “Many people all over San Diego have asked us to help them and we have not made a decision yet on which we will choose.”
Cami says, “Our group has so much in store in the coming years. I think that we will gain more members, which is always great because the more people who can and want to help, the better.”