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 the community where they live. In May of each year, YEP distributes $13,000+ in grants to nonprofit and community organizations for a variety of 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, group leaders, and an Executive Committee. Members interested in leadership are encouraged to check the "leadership opportunities" box on their membership application. We value leadership and provide many opportunities for members to take part in it. 

2022-2023 YEP Members

YEP Executive Committee

Oliver Keicher


Chair, Sycamore High School

Thomas McComb


Vice Chair, Sycamore High School

Nelly Delvalle


Membership Chair, Hiawatha High School

Elizabeth Kleckner


Grants Chair, Sycamore High School

Sofi Briscoe


Outreach Chair, Sycamore High School

Caroline Bend


Fundraising Chair, Indian Creek High School

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2022-2023 Adult Advisors

Noah Nordbrock

YEP Staff Advisor


Brenda Jergens

YEP Board Advisor


Marc Hooks

YEP Staff Advisor, Fundraising Committee


Teri Spartz

YEP Staff Advisor, YEP 2.Pro Committee