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.
“Each year, YEP empowers high school students to think creatively, to analyze grant proposals, and to allocate thousands of grant dollars,” said 2017-2018 YEP Grants Chair Danniela Estrada. “YEP is truly a life changing experience as it allows young adults to understand the impact they can have in their own backyard.”
Upcoming meetings/events include:
- YEP Orientation - Sunday, September 23, from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. MUST RSVP and be a member.
- Feed My Starving Children Mobile Food Packing – YEP Outreach Event - Thursday, November 8, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sign up to volunteer!
- 2018-2019 Member Calendar - See meeting topics, dates, and times.
AT THIS TIME, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS!
NOTE - New this year we are capping YEP membership! Over the last two years, we've seen a large increase in membership. We've even run out of chairs a few times! Keeping this in mind along with our mission to be DeKalb County focused, we are giving each high school a certain amount of membership spots. Once those spots fill, additional applications from that school are added to a waiting list. Preference is given to returning members in good standing. Be sure to check your email over the next few days to see if your application was accepted for inclusion in YEP. Thank you for your interest and for understanding!
2017/2018 YEP Year in Review
What is YEP?
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