A local Catholic group hopes a recently announced $120,000 grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation will help form Catholic leaders among students. 

The grant’s recipient, The Association of Catholic Student Councils (TACSC), works with Los Angeles area teenagers to develop “moral leaders who are anchored in their faith.” The association sees the gift as a help to reach even more students aspiring to make a positive impact on the world.

“The William H. Hannon Foundation’s ongoing support has not only helped us continue to faithfully execute our mission and grow our impact and reach, but has also offered us the stability and strength to continue our forward momentum, improving and expanding our administration and programs,” said Heidi McNiff Johnson, TACSC’s executive director.

Since 2001, the Hannon Foundation has provided TACSC with over $1,000,000 to help students in Los Angeles participate in leadership training, including their signature program, the Summer Leadership Conference. These five-day residential conferences (held at local colleges like Loyola Marymount University and U.C. Irvine) give incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the opportunity to develop their skills as leaders, in student government positions and other roles in their communities and schools. 

“TACSC is all about helping our young people become the next generation of Catholic student leaders,.” said treasurer of the Foundation James Hannon, who also serves as president of TACSC’s Board of Directors. “I have seen first hand how TACSC has grown for the future, and engages with young leaders year-round, who in turn demonstrate their commitment to bettering their schools and communities.”

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