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.

Learn more about Youth Engaged in Philanthropy >

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

2023-24 YEP Members

  • Abbie Andrews
  • Joaquin Avila
  • Mustafa Awadelsayed
  • Krystal Baggett
  • Maria-Elena Bello-Rodriguez
  • Ellie Bend
  • Annie Brandt
  • Brooklyn Burks
  • Brynn Butler
  • Zoe Camardo
  • Sam Caputo
  • Delanie Card
  • Erika Cole
  • Riley Collins
  • Max Crutcher
  • Max Cryer
  • Joseph Culotta
  • Nelly Delvalle
  • Ty DeVito
  • Joscelyn Dieckman

2023-24 YEP Members (continued)

  • Oby Ezuma
  • Davin Fahrlander
  • Miley Fuller
  • Julia Glover
  • Kaitlyn Goff
  • Matteo Graham
  • Teagan Hagemeyer
  • Ella Hale
  • Ana Hall
  • Tierra Hammock
  • Justin Harley
  • Emma Hart
  • Jackson Heilemeier
  • Melanie Hernandez
  • Camryn Hilliard
  • Natalie Hollenback
  • Claudia Hulseberg
  • Aubrey Hulseberg
  • Jordyn Jackson

2023-24 YEP Members (continued)

  • Lili Jennings
  • Olivia Kirby
  • Bella Klotz
  • Yazmin Leal Landa
  • Teagan Lederman
  • Chris Mamoser
  • Madison Mansfield
  • Steffini McDowell
  • Monroe McGhee
  • Nate Miller
  • Marcus Montgomery
  • Stephen Montgomery
  • Cameron Moore
  • Ayana Nguli
  • Daliyah Oberhart
  • Sara Pandess
  • Julia Parks
  • Carly Patton
  • Miranda Perez

2023-24 YEP Members (continued)

  • Jacquelyn Quigley
  • Saige Ruback
  • Kaitlyn Ryder
  • Grace Schoen
  • Ryken Scott
  • Jarik Scott
  • Ashley Siener
  • Caroline Soria
  • Kevin Sullivan
  • Delilah Swedrock
  • Grace Thurman
  • Anna Timmerman
  • Aidan VandeCreek
  • Daemon Volkening
  • Mallory Watson
  • Lucy Wheaton
  • Rayna White
  • Everett Willis
  • Isaac Willis

2023-24 Adult Advisors

Noah Nordbrock

YEP Staff Advisor


Teri Spartz

YEP Staff Advisor, YEP 2.Pro Committee


Brenda Jergens

YEP Board Advisor, Fundraising Committee


Mohammed Labadi

YEP Board Advisor