“I think it’s important to remember that grantmaking helps people and we should consider it as a form of empowerment, not charity."
Youth in Philanthropy alums Nick and Kiah Zaremba participated in the foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program while they attended Stafford High School. After graduating, they both attended the College of William & Mary where Nick studied government and Kiah studied neuroscience. Nick went on to complete his master’s degree in conflict resolution at Georgetown University and Kiah attended Howard University’s College of Dentistry. Today, Nick works as a program officer at the United States Institute of Peace, where he focuses on research, training and education in nonviolent and peacebuilding action in East Africa and Latin America. Kiah is a resident at New York University’s Langone Hospital in Brooklyn with patients in the Bronx and Manhattan.
“I didn’t really know what philanthropy was before YIP,” says Kiah. “We grew up in the church and always were encouraged to give back, but YIP was an education on the system.”
“YIP was my first introduction to understanding compounding needs, intervention and the layers of issues that need to be addressed,” says Nick. “I think it’s important to remember that grantmaking helps people and we should consider it as a form of empowerment, not charity. We are helping each other as human beings.”