PLEASE NOTE:As we enter the 2020-2021 year of YEP, we face a challenge with COVID-19. We desire to provide a safe and high quality opportunity for local high school students to be a part of. The health and safety of our members is the highest priority. YEP will look and feel a little different this year. As of August 2020, we will proceed following the guidelines and format in our 2020-2021 Return to YEP Plan.
Monthly Member Meetings
Meetings for YEP members are typically held monthly in The Freight Room, located inside the DeKalb County Community Foundation at 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore. Due to implications for the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adjusted our meetings spaces as noted in the 2020-2021 Return to YEP Plan. All meetings are led by the youth executive committee and will feature a theme or speaker to help youth members understand the many facets of grantmaking. A list of monthly topics can be found on the member meeting calendar.
YEP meetings in October, November, December, January, February, and March, are held on a weeknight from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. The August (Meet & Greet), September (Orientation), April (Allocation) and May (Grants Reception) meetings are held on a Sunday and differ in content, meeting time, and expectations.
What are YEP Outreach Events?
YEP Outreach Events are volunteer opportunities that YEP members participate in as a group. Each outreach event is chosen based on certain criteria. Criteria includes location in the county, number of volunteers needed, organization represented, and the overall direct or indirect impact to youth. Through volunteering, YEP members learn about community-serving organizations in DeKalb County and have multiple chances to work alongside them.
YEP members are expected to participate in at least one outreach event. Each outreach event will have an adult advisor (Community Foundation staff or board member) on site during the event. The role of the adult advisor is to act as the main contact and encourage those who are volunteering.
Request YEP Volunteers!
If you or your organization has a desire for youth volunteers, please fill out the Volunteer Request Form. We'll review the information, compare it to our volunteer criteria, and follow up with you on the best fit for your request. In an effort to stay true to the mission of the YEP program, volunteer opportunities are divided into two categories, YEP Outreach Events and Additional Volunteer Opportunities.
If you have questions, please contact YEP Staff Advisor Noah Nordbrock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-748-5383.