Welcome to Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP)!
During the 2018-2019 year, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) celebrates 10 years as a youth-led committee of the Community Foundation! Thank you to those who continue to provide support and direction for this very important youth initiative. And thank you to all our members, alumni, advisors, and community partners. Together, we are making a positive impact and improving the quality of life for youth in DeKalb County.
YEP is open to all high school students in DeKalb County, IL. Through monthly meetings and volunteer opportunities, YEP builds leadership, communication, social, and analytical skills. Members are familiarized with nonprofits, build an understanding of philanthropy, and are introduced to grantmaking. A large portion of the year is spent on grantmaking, YEP Grants, where members learn to analyze grant applications, conduct site visits, and identify the potential impact on other youth in DeKalb County. Last year, the YEP committee allocated and granted $12,562 to 10 community organizations for a variety of youth serving programs and projects.
Upcoming meetings/events include:
- YEP 10 Year Celebration Event (May meeting) - Thursday, May 9, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m (6:00 p.m. start time) at the St. Mary Catholic Parish Activity Center, 312 Waterman Street, Sycamore
“Each year, YEP empowers high school students to think creatively, to analyze grant proposals, and to allocate thousands of grant dollars. YEP is truly a life changing experience as it allows young adults to understand the impact they can have in their own backyard.” Danniela Estrada - Sandwich High School (Class of 2018)
2017/2018 YEP Year in Review
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