Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) is a program in which area high school students delve deeply into the nonprofit world in a way few others have the opportunity to do. They explore the meaning of philanthropy, the need and the impact. Then they are charged with developing a grant application, promoting the availability of $10,000 in grants, reviewing applications and selecting the youth-focused programs that will receive funding.

View video of 2021 YEP Grants Celebration.

YEP builds leadership and teamwork skills while engaging participants in a unique, philanthropic experience. The 2021-22 school year marks the nineth year for YEP. Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Mission: As a part of our Community's youth, we strive to connect those who care about youth with the monetary means necessary to pursue their vision. According to Sandy McGhee, Founding Mentor of YEP, "YEP offers a unique adventure to youth in which they will explore their own leadership styles, develop their desire for community service and civic engagement, investigate the mechanics of philanthropic foundations, and experience the subsequent rewards of investing in others. It is always so exciting to work alongside young people; they bring a creative energy that offers up an exhilarating array of possibilities!" During the second year of YEP (2014-2015), in addition to the grant cycle, members initiated activity to begin an endowment. Inspired by the anonymous donor who provides $10,000 annually for them to grant, the members wanted to take steps so that the YEP program will be available far into the future to positively impact both YEP participants and programs that receive grants. The group set a goal of $10,000 to be achieved between December 2014 and June 2015. They far exceeded this goal by raising $24,000 in that time period, enough for the fund to be fully endowed.

YEP funds $10,000 in grants annually for programs that benefit youth. See the application window timetable here.

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Donate now to the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Endowment to ensure that funds for community grants will continue to be available far into the future for those programs that serve youth.