STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - The Youth Philanthropy Council in Staunton handed out $25,000 to nine area nonprofits on Monday, April 15.

The council is a product of the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, and its goal is to get teens involved in the practice of community philanthropy in ways including distributing grants to area nonprofit organizations.

This year, 24 students from greater Augusta decided to support agencies that focus on mental and physical health services and programs aimed to serve young people.

The council also chose programs that address issues related to relationships between youth and others.

"I was really blind to a lot of the needs that exist within my community,” Emma Evans, a Riverheads High School senior, said. “And the Youth Philanthropy Council has provided me with some insight into those needs and given me the means to address them. So it's been a really meaningful experience for me and it's really had an impact on what I want to do with my life."

The Youth Philanthropy Council is celebrating 11 years and has given out $160,000 in grant money over the years.