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$11,370 in YEP Grants Benefit Youth Programs and Organizations in DeKalb County

As the school year has come to a close, so has another successful year for the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) program, an initiative of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. During the 2016 Grants Reception, held on May 3, members of YEP awarded $11,370 in grants to 10 nonprofit youth serving organizations in DeKalb County.

Each year, the pinnacle of YEP is the grant allocation meeting in which members are responsible for allocating approximately $10,000 to youth serving nonprofits in DeKalb County. Once recommendations have been made, the decisions are presented to the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

“Our youth-based program meets year-round to connect with local, nonprofit organizations to create a better environment for youth in Dekalb County,” said Stephen Poorten, current YEP member and 2016/2017 Grants Chair. “This past year we awarded over $11,000 to local organizations and hope to continue to help our community for years to come.”

Grant applications are due February 1 of each year. Visit the YEP Grants page for a complete listing of guidelines and eligibility.

The following YEP Grants were awarded for the spring 2016 grant cycle:

Organization Name Grant Purpose in Grant Agreement Grant Amount
Northern Illinois Food Bank to support a mobile food pantry with the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau’s VolunTeen Program volunteers $1,200.00
Indian Valley Vocational Center to start a “Food for Thought” learning garden $915.00
Hope Haven to support the Hope Haven youth summer activities $2,453.00
Sycamore School District- OSCAR Program to purchase an iPad for the Sycamore School District OSCAR Program $752.00
Somonauk High School to improve the Somonauk High School Cafeteria to enhance school pride $550.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters to support a Business Buddies program $700.00
DHS Robotic Team #5934 to purchase mobile tool cabinets for the club $400.00
Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association to help KSRA partner with RAMP and implement the T’NT program at Camp Maple Leaf $2,500.00
Neighbors’ House to support Neighbors’ House Summer Reading and Summer Art Programs $900.00
Kishwaukee Family YMCA to support DeKalb County youth to attend the YMCA Youth and Government Program $1,000.00
Total Grants $11,370.00

If building up youth through leadership and philanthropy is an area of interest to you, or if you would like to add support to the DeKalb County Youth Grantmakers Fund, please contact Dan Templin, Executive Director at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org. For good. For ever.

Pictured: YEP member Michael Mitchell presents a check to Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association during the YEP Grants Reception held on May 3. Support received from this grant will help KSRA partner with RAMP and implement the T’NT program at Camp Maple Leaf.

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