Young philanthropists award $15,000 to local children’s mental health programs

GEORGETOWN – The Next Generation/Southern Delaware (Next Gen South) has awarded $15,000 in grants to organizations serving the mental health needs of youth in Kent and Sussex counties.

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The Next Generation/Southern Delaware (Next Gen South) recently awarded $15,000 in grants to two organizations serving the mental health needs of youth in Kent and Sussex counties. Pictured: La Esperanza receives a $10,000 grant.

At a grants ceremony Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Rookery North in Milford, Next Gen South awarded $5,000 to Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc., and $10,000 to La Esperanza.

Delaware Guidance Services will use its grant to provide individual and group outpatient counseling services to low-income children and families at the first signs of trouble.

La Esperanza will use its grant to provide violence-prevention education in the community through an evidence-based program called Joven Noble, which targets Hispanic boys, 10-17. Its goal is to reduce and prevent community violence, unwanted pregnancies, substance abuse and relationship violence.

Next Gen South

The Next Generation of Southern Delaware (Next Gen South) is a philanthropic organization of young professionals living and working in Kent and Sussex Counties. The organization leverages the resources of the Delaware Community Foundation, but has its own structure, fundraising projects and grantmaking process.  Next Gen South is building an endowment fund at the Delaware Community Foundation to generate money for charitable grants to organizations important to young families. Next Gen South identifies a focus area every two years and is currently directing grants to support programs that increase access to child mental health services and programs, including but not limited to help for victims of abuse and programs to prevent suicide, bullying and teen dating violence. To learn more about Next Gen South, visit

Delaware Community Foundation  

The mission of the Delaware Community Foundation is to build a shared vision for Delaware, grounded in knowledge, inspired by the common good and advanced through philanthropy. As a facilitator, information resource and manager of charitable funds, the DCF helps communities and philanthropists focus charitable resources for the greatest community benefit statewide. For more information, visit or call 302-571-8004.

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