Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) is pleased to announce their distribution of $12,583 in youth impact grants. Grants were awarded to nine community organizations for a variety of youth serving projects and programs in DeKalb County.
“The end of the year grant allocation meeting in May was definitely a unique experience for YEP,” said YEP Grants Chair Hailee Bosek. “With over 60 members on a video call, we were a little worried about how discussion would work. We were very pleased with the outcome and the great conversations that took place. This year’s allocation meeting had a new lens as we kept COVID-19 adjustments to grant applications top of mind. In a time such as this, it’s encouraging to think through the impact that will come from these programs and projects.”
As a youth-led committee of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, YEP exists to familiarize high school students in DeKalb County with local nonprofits, grantmaking, and philanthropy. The program builds up to a final meeting 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 Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.
Pictured: In early March 2020, a group of YEP members visited the Kishwaukee Family YMCA for a grant application site visit. The visit was an importance piece to YEP’s grant recommendation as it gave them the ability to see the existing kids play equipment in person and ask follow-up questions.