The Severna Park chapter of 100 Teens Who Care, gathering on February 23 for its second meeting, raised $600 for Maryland Animal Sanctuary.
A giving circle, 100 Teens Who Care works by bringing youth together to share information about their favorite local nonprofits. Each teen brings a monetary donation, nominates a nonprofit by writing its name on a slip of paper, and drops that paper into a fish bowl. Three slips are fished from the bowl at random, and the nominating teens make their case for their organizations during a brief pitch. Attendees then vote by secret ballot to choose the recipient of all the funds.
The three founding teens of the Severna Park chapter are Caroline Smith, Alexandra Jones and Rachel Reed, all seniors at Severna Park High School. SPHS senior Lena McLaughlin submitted the winning nonprofit nomination this time.
Also during the February meeting, Ellie’s Bus was on hand for a discussion about handling situations where a teen may feel concerned about a friend’s mental wellness.
The next 100 Teens Who Care meeting will likely be in May, and the organizers would love to have attendees bring a friend, as well as a nonprofit to nominate.