2022 Grant Champions and Their Causes
1st Prize – $50,000
Kids in Crisis
Grant Champions: Jessie Clifford, Catalina Cordero, Jen Perez
The Pitch: The funds from Pitch Your Peers will be used to expand upon the new KidTalk program. KidTalk places a full-time Master’s-level mental health counselor at schools, who provides confidential counseling and preventive education to help students navigate personal-, peer-, family-, and school-related issues to avoid reaching crisis points.
2nd Prize- $20,000
Greenwich Alliance for Education
Grant Champions: Gia Burton, Michelle Horgan, Amy Kappelman-Johnson, Sarah Sippel
The Pitch: Through their Reaching Out Grants (ROG) program, the Greenwich Alliance for Education has funded $55,000 of Beyond the Classroom curriculum enrichment programming for all 1st and 2nd grade GPS students for the 2022-2023 school year. PYP funds will be used toward sending EVERY student on the 8th Grade Capstone Washington DC trip. Fundraising efforts to complete this initiative will be going on all year. We hope you’ll join us in giving.
3rd Prize- $10,000
PACS1 Syndrome Research Foundation
The Pitch: Children born with this rare syndrome present with lifelong intellectual disabilities, global delays, epilepsy, autism and language impairment. PACS1 Foundation has already funded over $800,000 in research at various institutions. PYP grant dollars will be allocated towards a specific research project at a top CRO, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), a world-leading research institution specializing in creating disease-specific mouse models and human genomics research.
4th Prize- $6,000
Partnership to End Human Trafficking
Grant Champion: Kirby Grabowsky-Lim
The Pitch: PEHT seeks to end the incidence and impact of human trafficking both locally and globally. PYP dollars will go toward increasing the capacity of “The PEHT Shop,” which offers local clients an opportunity for employment and associated training in a trauma-informed environment. The PHET shop sells everything you need for dogs, cats and more.