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|
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.