Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) is pleased to announce their distribution of $13,591 in youth impact grants. Grants were awarded to ten community organizations for a variety of youth serving projects and programs in DeKalb County.
“I am so blessed to be part of this community where the youth have such an impact in DeKalb County,” said YEP Grants Chair Oliver Keicher. “It is rare to find an organization that gives such financial responsibility to a group of high school students. I don’t believe there could have been a better outcome to a unique year of grantmaking. We’re excited to see the impact that will come from these programs and projects.”
2021 YEP Grant Recipients:
Barb Food Mart – $2,115 to create a youth-based community cooking program
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 members are responsible for reviewing grant applications and distributing 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. This year’s YEP committee is made up of 63 high school students from six different schools in DeKalb County.
Pictured above: Members vote on grant distributions during the April 2021 YEP meeting.
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