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Youth-serving programs and projects receive $11,588 in grants

Grantees gather with a small group of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy members for a photo during the 2017 YEP Grants Reception.
Grantees gather with a small group of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy members for a photo during the 2017 YEP Grants Reception.

Each year, the month of May brings the YEP Grants Reception, an event that generates excitement and closure to the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy program.

During the 2017 Grants Reception, held May 2, members of YEP awarded $11,588 in grants to six youth-serving community organizations in DeKalb County. 

As an initiative of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, YEP exists to familiarize high school youth in DeKalb County with local nonprofits and grantmaking. Through youth-led meetings and outreach events, members build leadership skills and realize the need for philanthropy in the community. The program builds up to a final meeting in April where members are responsible for allocating approximately $11,000 to youth-serving community organizations in DeKalb County. Once recommendations are made, the youth’s decisions are presented to the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

YEP Grants awarded for the spring 2017 grant cycle include:

• DeKalb County Community Gardens - $2,500 to purchase adaptive tools and equipment to empower youth with special needs

• Hope Haven - $2,500 to form and support trauma therapy groups for children and teens staying in the shelter

• Indian Valley Vocational Center - $2,500 to start a farmers market using fresh produce from the garden and student produced products                                                    

• Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association - $2,100 to support the Camp Maple Leaf Junior Counselor Program

• Northern Illinois Food Bank - $553.24 to support a Mobile Food Pantry in partnership with the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau                                                      

• Sycamore Public Library - $1,435 to purchase and install a water bottle filler near the children’s section

Grant applications are due Feb. 1 of each year. For a complete list of guidelines and eligibility, visit dekalbccf.org/yep.

For information about YEP, contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

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