Alum of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy

Through the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) committee, we meet and interact with many high school students. Each is unique, with hopes and dreams for the future. As they move beyond high school, we want them to be community-minded and retain what they learned about community foundations, grantmaking, the role of nonprofit organizations, and of course, philanthropy!

So who are the YEP alum, and where are they today? Are they working in the nonprofit sector? Are they working in a nonprofit organization or positively impacting their community? We sure hope so! Be sure to explore the alum updates below to learn more.

Alum - Share your Story!

If you’re an alum of YEP, we’d love to hear from you. Your story of life after high school has the potential to impact and inspire members both now and in the future. If interested, please consider one of the options below.

For questions, contact YEP Staff Advisor Noah Nordbrock at or 815-748-5383.

  • Submit an Alum Update Form

    The easiest way to share an update! Fill in the information and hit submit. Please give us as much detail as possible. Be sure to email an updated photo of yourself to include with the update. We'll use your information in YEP announcements, social media, and on the Foundation website. 5-10 minutes of your time.

    Submit an Alum Update Form >

  • In-Person Meet-up

    If you're around DeKalb County now or in the near future, let's meet up for lunch or coffee (on us!). We'll use this meet-up to capture information about where you're at now and the impact YEP had on your life. 30-60 minutes of your time. 

  • Video Call or Phone Call 

    Let's talk! Video or phone calls are easy to set up. This is a convenient option for those who want to provide an update in person but can't attend an in-person meeting. 15-30 minutes of your time. 

We believe that YEP is a program with learning that lasts a lifetime. If you're an alum of YEP, let's stay in touch well beyond your college and career years. Feel free to connect with us through any of the channels below. For questions or comments, please contact YEP Staff Advisor Noah Nordbrock at or 815-748-5383.

Subscribe to the YEPconnect - Alumni e-newsletter!

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"I've gained knowledge about nonprofits, grantmaking, and leadership. I've also gained experience working in committees and groups, as well as an important activity to add to my resume."

YEP Member


"I have gained so many valuable experiences throughout YEP. I’ve met my best friends, been able to enhance my leadership, and have been offered extensive volunteer opportunities."

YEP Member

"I obtained valuable experience talking with my peers and adults in the community. Using the knowledge and confidence I gained from YEP, I have also taken more leadership positions in other clubs."

YEP Member

"I learned more about the impact you can make, even at a young age. YEP is a great addition to a college application and an amazing way to hang out with and meet new friends."

YEP Member

"Not only did my leadership skills improve, but I became more social. I love YEP and I’m so happy that I got to meet so many people. I also learned so much about my community."

YEP Member

"I have learned so much about the ways I can step up and become a leader in my community. Sometimes even the smallest of actions and make the biggest of differences."

YEP Member