We are Philanthropists!

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) members benefit from multiple opportunities to build leadership, communication, social, and analytical skills. High school youth from all across DeKalb County join to learn more about philanthropy in their community. In May of each year, members distribute $14,000+ in YEP Grants to nonprofit and community organizations for various youth-serving programs and projects in DeKalb County.

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YEP Leadership Opportunities

Since YEP is youth-led, we need members to lead each year. YEP offers a variety of leadership positions, including grant leaders, subcommittee leaders, and an Executive Committee team. Members interested in leadership are encouraged to check their membership application's "leadership opportunities" box. We highly value leadership and commit to providing ample opportunities for members!

2023-24 YEP Members

YEP Executive Committee

Ty Devito


Chair, Sycamore High School

Steffini McDowell


Vice Chair, Genoa High School

Nelly Delvalle


Membership Chair, Hiawatha High School

Riley Collins


Grants Chair, DeKalb High School

Sara Pandess


Outreach Chair, DeKalb High School

Ellie Bend


Fundraising Chair, Indian Creek High School

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2023-24 Adult Advisors

Noah Nordbrock

YEP Staff Advisor


Teri Spartz

YEP Staff Advisor, YEP 2.Pro Committee


Brenda Jergens

YEP Board Advisor


Mohammed Labadi

YEP Board Advisor