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Orientation Set for New and Returning Members of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP)

High school students in DeKalb County are invited to attend Orientation for the 2017 Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) program. This year, Orientation will be on Sunday, September 17, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore. RSVP online by September 14 or by emailing yep@dekalbccf.org.

Orientation is the first official meeting of the YEP program and is required for new and returning members. During this youth-led meeting, both new and returning members will learn about YEP’s grantmaking, gain a better understanding of the YEP program, and be made aware of new and exciting changes to the program. An information session will start at 2:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to stay for the information session to learn more about the program. Following the program, youth will participate in a fun-filled nonprofit scavenger hunt at 2:30 p.m.

“YEP brings teens from all over the county together to learn about how we can work together to make the community a better place,” said YEP Secretary Libby Swedberg. “YEP Orientation is always a lot of fun to attend. It’s the best way to meet new people, while learning something that you can use throughout your lifetime.”

YEP is an exciting, youth-led program for high school age students who live in DeKalb County or who attend a high school in DeKalb County. After the Orientation meeting, members attend monthly meetings where they build leadership skills, learn about nonprofits in DeKalb County, and become life-long philanthropists. The program comes to an exciting end during the April and May meetings where members will use their knowledge to grant approximately $11,000 to local youth-serving organizations in DeKalb County.

Youth interested in attending Orientation should RSVP online or email yep@dekalbccf.org. For questions or additional information, please contact YEP Staff Advisor Noah Nordbrock at 815-748-5383 or noah@dekalbccf.org.

Pictured: The scavenger hunts brings members to locations in the community where YEP grants are making a difference. One of the stops from the 2016 Orientation was Hopkins Park in DeKalb, site of the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association T’NT program for Camp Maple Leaf.

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