For three consecutive years, Coshocton County Youth Leadership (CCYL) participants have been provided with $100 with the objective of using the money to pay it forward. One of the 2019 class members opted to donate to one of the local veteran’s organizations, an initiative that is supported by the Coshocton Foundation and its trustees.

Cale Roberts, a junior at Ridgewood High School, decided to forward his money to the Coshocton County Veterans Council as his Community Project. Cale said the reason he chose the County Veterans Council because his grandfather, Jerry Simmons, had military honors conducted at his funeral and he thought it was a great honor and was moved by the services. In addition, he said he did it out of admiration for his uncle Tom Apple, who is a member of the Honor Guard.

According to Betsy Gosnell, executive director of Leadership Coshocton County, the Coshocton Foundations Trustee’s CCYL "Pay it Forward" Project is an opportunity for youth involved with CCYL to practice philanthropy in Coshocton, with his or her only instruction being "to make someone happy."

"In the past two years, the CCYL members have given a great deal of thought as to where or how to donate their funds," said Gosnell. "Some had chosen to donate to youth or community members who were struggling; others to larger causes such as the Humane Society; Salvation Army or Rotary Clubs. Upon learning that Cale had chosen to donate his funds to the Veterans Council makes me very proud that a youth would recognize the importance of the Veteran’s Council to our community."