In early March, a group of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy members visited the Kishwaukee Family YMCA for a grant application site visit. The visit was an importance piece to YEP’s grant recommendation as it gave them the ability to see the existing play equipment in person and ask follow-up questions.
In early March, a group of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy members visited the Kishwaukee Family YMCA for a grant application site visit. The visit was an importance piece to YEP’s grant recommendation as it gave them the ability to see the existing play equipment in person and ask follow-up questions.

SYCAMORE – Youth Engaged in Philanthropy recently awarded $12,583 in youth impact grants to nine community organizations for a variety of youth serving projects and programs in DeKalb County.

“The end of the year grant allocation meeting in May was definitely a unique experience for YEP,” Hailee Bosek, YEP grants chair, said in a news release. “With over 60 members on a video call, we were a little worried about how discussion would work. We were very pleased with the outcome and the great conversations that took place. This year’s allocation meeting had a new lens as we kept COVID-19 adjustments to grant applications top of mind. In a time such as this, it’s encouraging to think through the impact that will come from these programs and projects.”

2020 YEP Grant Recipients

Adventure Works of DeKalb County Inc.: $1,238 to purchase supplies for a new youth therapy space

DeKalb County Community Gardens: $2,500 to purchase gardening supplies for students in DeKalb County schools

DeKalb High School Robotics Team: $2,500 to purchase a 3D printer for rapid prototyping of custom robot parts

Kishwaukee Family YMCA: $2,000 to purchase play equipment for youth age 6 or younger in their newly updated play area

Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association: $447.02 to purchase first aid kits and program supply bags for Camp Maple Leaf

NIU STEAM: $1,370.60 to fund economically disadvantaged youth to attend virtual NIU STEAM Camps

Northern Illinois Food Bank: $708.75 to fund backpacks filled with nutritious food for youth in DeKalb County

Sycamore Community School District 427: $1,318.63 to purchase gardening and food pantry supplies for an after school youth program

Sycamore Schools: $500 to provide materials for students to learn and take part in the building of outdoor classroom benches

As a youth-led committee of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, YEP exists to familiarize high school students in DeKalb County with local nonprofits, grant-making and philanthropy. The program builds up to a final meeting where YEP members are responsible for reviewing grant applications and allocating more than $12,000 into the community. After recommendations are determined, YEP presents their grant decisions to the Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

Learn about Youth Engaged in Philanthropy at dekalbccf.org/yep or contact YEP staff adviser Noah Nordbrock at 815-748-5383 or noah@dekalbccf.org.

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