Alum of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy

Through the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) committee, we have the opportunity to meet and interact with a number of high school students. Each is unique with their own set of hopes and dreams for the future. As they move beyond high school, our desire is for them to be community minded and retain what they learned about community foundations, grantmaking, the role of nonprofits, and of course, philanthropy!

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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 making a positive impact in their community? We sure hope so! Be sure to explore the alum updates below to learn more.



YEP Alum Updates

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. We're searching for alum to feature in monthly YEP meetings and on social media. 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! This online form will take about 5-10 minutes of your time. Simply fill in the information and hit submit. Give us as much detail as possible! Be sure to email an updated photo of yourself to include with the update. Your information will be featured during an upcoming YEP meeting, placed on social media, and the website.

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  • In-Person YEP Meeting Update

    Let us know when you’ll be around and we’ll find an upcoming YEP meeting that works with your schedule. In-person updates are the most rewarding to current members and should only take about 20 minutes. YEP member meetings are held 1x a month on a weeknight, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the DeKalb County Community Foundation - 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore.

  • Video Update

    Let us know when you’ll be around and we can schedule a short interview session to film your update. OR consider an interview through a Zoom call! Interview will last about 10-15 minutes.

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.

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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