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YEP membership applications for the 2019-2020 year will open in August 2019!

Contact YEP Staff Advisor Noah Nordbrock with any questions. 815-748-5383 or noah@dekalbccf.org.

Welcome to Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP)!

During the 2018-2019 year, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) celebrated its 10th year as a youth-led committee of the Community Foundation. Thank you to those who continue to provide support and direction for this very important youth initiative. And thank you to all our members, alumni, advisors, and community partners. Together, we are making a positive impact and improving the quality of life for youth in DeKalb County.

YEP is open to all high school students in DeKalb County, IL. Through monthly meetings and volunteer opportunities, YEP builds leadership, communication, social, and analytical skills. Members are familiarized with nonprofits, build an understanding of philanthropy, and are introduced to grantmaking. A large portion of the year is spent on grantmaking, YEP Grants, where members learn to analyze grant applications, conduct site visits, and identify the potential impact on other youth in DeKalb County. This year, the YEP committee allocated and granted $14,005 to nine community organizations for a variety of youth serving programs and projects.

2018-2019 YEP Year in Review


How do I join Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP)?
It's easy to become a member of YEP! Simply fill out both the YEP Membership Application and a Commitment Agreement. If you're still a little unsure about joining, be sure to attend the Meet & Greet to learn more about the program. YEP is open to new and returning members at the beginning of each new school year. Membership deadline is early September.
What happens at the Meet & Greet?
The Meet & Greet is a chance for youth interested in joining YEP to meet the Executive Committee and returning YEP members. The executive committee will lead a short presentation to explain YEP's purpose and encourage everyone to join, but other than that, it’s an informal social event.
What is a typical YEP meeting like and where are they held?
YEP meetings will be held in The Freight Room, located inside the DeKalb County Community Foundation at 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore. YEP meetings in October, November, December, January, February, and March, are held on a weeknight from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All meetings are led by the youth executive committee and held in The Freight Room at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Each meeting will feature a theme or speaker to help youth members understand the many facets of grantmaking. The August (Meet & Greet), September (Orientation), April (Allocation) and May (Grants Reception) meetings are a little different in content, meeting time, and expectations. Learn more.
What does YEP do?
YEP is a group of high school students that learn about volunteerism, philanthropy, leadership, and grantmaking through monthly meetings, outreach events, and a special youth-led grant program. The pinnacle of the YEP year is a grant allocation meeting in which the youth members are responsible for allocating approximately $11,000 to youth serving nonprofits in DeKalb County. Members attend monthly meetings to learn the roles of community foundations and nonprofits and how to distribute the YEP grant dollars to address needs of youth in DeKalb County.
Does YEP meet on Sundays?
Some special YEP meetings are held on Sundays. The Meet & Greet, September meeting, and April Grant Allocation meeting are usually held on Sundays because they are longer meetings. The monthly meetings from October to March will be held on a weeknight from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. The Grants Reception, held in May, will be on a weeknight or a Sunday. Learn more.
What is a YEP Outreach Event and why do all members have to attend one?
Outreach events are volunteer opportunities that YEP members participate in as a group. Some events we have volunteered at in the past include: Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Day, Gracie Center Popcorn Harvest, Altrusa Spelling Bee, Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry, YSB Royal Children's Ball, and more. All YEP members are encouraged to participate in at least one outreach event to familiarize with each other and increase understanding of nonprofits. Learn more.
I live outside of DeKalb County, but attend a high school in DeKalb County. Can I join YEP?
Yes! The YEP Executive Committee encourages high school students from Indian Creek, Sandwich, Somonauk, Hinckley-Big Rock, and Hiawatha high schools to join YEP. EVEN if you live outside of DeKalb County. Learn more.
I live in DeKalb County, but attend high school outside of DeKalb County. Can I join YEP?
Yes! All high school aged residents of the DeKalb County are invited to join YEP. Learn more.
I am homeschooled. Can I join YEP?
Yes! All high school aged residents of DeKalb County are invited to join YEP. Homeschool students who have participated in YEP love it because of the many opportunities it offers for meeting peers with similar interests from all over DeKalb County. Learn more.

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