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During the 2018 Grants Reception, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) members awarded $12,562 in grants to 10 community organizations for a variety of youth serving projects and programs in DeKalb County.

As a community initiative of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, YEP exists to familiarize high school youth in DeKalb County with local nonprofits, grantmaking, and philanthropy. The program builds up to a final meeting in April where YEP members are responsible for reviewing grant applications and allocating more than $12,000 into the community. After recommendations are determined, YEP presents their grant decisions to the full DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

“Each year, YEP empowers high school students to think creatively, to analyze grant proposals, and to allocate thousands of grant dollars,” said 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.”

The 2018 YEP Grants include:

Organization Name Amount Awarded Grant Purpose
Adventure Works of DeKalb County $2,157 to renovate the AdventureWorks therapy space
Boy Scout Troop 18 $600 to purchase and renovate a trailer to store and transport troop equipment
Bursting Bubbles $1,250 to implement an Anti-Bullying/Suicide prevention program in DeKalb County
DeKalb County Community Gardens $1,508 for tools and supplies for the Community Food Needs Program
DeKalb Public Library $1,000 to support the Little Learners Outreach program to the Early Learning and Development Center
Hope Haven $2,500 to support trauma therapy for youth experiencing chronic homelessness and childhood trauma
Jefferson Elementary School Community Garden $400 to purchase tools and supplies for the student Community Garden at Jefferson Elementary School
Kishwaukee Family YMCA $1,000 to purchase Chrome Books for Before and Afterschool programs
Somonauk School District #432 $847 to purchase new risers for the music department
Sycamore High School $1,300 to purchase equipment to expand the Sycamore High School Welding shop
Total Amount Granted $12,562

Learn even more about Youth Engaged in Philanthropy at dekalbccf.org/yep or contact YEP Staff Adviser Noah Nordbrock at 815-748-5383 or noah@dekalbccf.org.

Pictured: Representatives from the DeKalb Public Library and the Little Learners Outreach Program receive a $1,000 grant check from YEP members during the 2018 YEP Grants Reception.


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