First Community Service Grant Awarded
Last spring, the Alumni Council created a grant opportunity for young alumni in grades 9-12 to support their community service work. The Curtis Community Service Award provides a stipend for one alumnus or alumna to benefit a summer community service project. This opportunity was initiated in order to recognize and promote the spirit of philanthropy of our alumni in the Los Angeles area.
The first year's award of $500 was presented to Whitney Elson (Curtis '13; HW '19) to support the work of Upward Bound House, which provides homeless families with tenporary housing and other resources to help them get into permanent housing. Whitney notes: "The kids living in Upward Bound House often have led tough lives. I work with the organization's Teen Corps to create a week-long summer camp for the kids, entirely free, so they can bond and have some fun." Whitney used the grant to improve the summer camp experience, creating new activities and field trips for the children and providing them with school supplies for the fall.