Monthly Member Meetings
Meetings for YEP members are 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 in the 2017 – 2018 Member Meeting schedule.
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 a little different 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.
There are five YEP Outreach Events during the year and a variety of additional volunteer opportunities should an individual chose to do more outside of the YEP program. All YEP members are encouraged to participate in at least one outreach event with the group. Each outreach event will have an adult advisor (Community Foundation staff or Board member) on site during the event. The role of an adult advisor is to act as the main contact and encourage those who are volunteering.
YEP Outreach Events include Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Day, The Gracie Center Popcorn Harvest, Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry, YSB Royal Children's Ball, and one other (TBD).
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
If you love giving of your time and talent, be sure to check back from time to time to see additional volunteer opportunities in the community. These additional volunteer opportunities are outside of the YEP Outreach Events, but we highly encourage individuals to sign-up and volunteer with friends and family. See a list of current Additional Volunteer Opportunities.
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.