What are YEP Volunteer Opportunities?
YEP volunteer opportunities are organized serving projects where members participate as a group. Each volunteer opportunity 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 volunteer opportunity during the year. An adult advisor (Community Foundation staff or Board member) will accompany the members during the volunteering. Advisors are in charge of the care and safety of YEP members during the event and help to encourage the leadership and volunteering roles.
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. 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.