A team of Tucson-area high school girls got a lesson in philanthropy when it reviewed funding proposals from local groups competing for a $10,000 grant.
The grant money is provided by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, said Susan Perkins Fry, who directed the teen project.
Fry said the teens, who each applied to be part of the foundation’s Unidas project, spent four months determining the focus area for the grant and the questions candidates for the grant would have to answer, Fry said.
The winning proposal, announced Saturday, came from a new organization, Ella Group, that will train adults and children older than 6 to defend themselves from sexual assault. Ella Group’s executive director, Carla Turco, founded the organization with her sister Florencia Turco.
Ella Group was selected over six other applicants that provide sexual assault prevention or treatment services in Tucson.