More than $12K in youth grants awarded to DeKalb County groups

Representatives from the DeKalb Public Library and the Little Learners Outreach Program receive a $1,000 grant check from YEP members during the 2018 Grants Reception.[]

SYCAMORE – Youth Engaged in Philanthropy members awarded $12,562 in grants to 10 community organizations for projects and programs serving youth in DeKalb County.

YEP is a branch of the DeKalb County Community Foundation and familiarizes high school students with local nonprofits, grantmaking, and philanthropy. The youth philanthropy program builds up to a final meeting where YEP members review grant applications and allocate thousands of dollars into the community, then they present their grant recommendations to the full DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

The 2018 YEP Grants include:

• Adventure Works of DeKalb County: $2,157 to renovate the therapy space

• Boy Scout Troop 18: $600 to buy and renovate a trailer to store and transport troop equipment

• Bursting Bubbles: $1,250 to implement an anti-bullying/suicide prevention program in DeKalb County

• DeKalb County Community Gardens: $1,508 to buy tools and supplies for the Community Food Needs Program

• DeKalb Public Library: $1,000 to support the Little Learners Outreach program at the Early Learning and Development Center

• Hope Haven: $2,500 to support trauma therapy for youth experiencing chronic homelessness and childhood trauma

• Jefferson Elementary School Community Garden: $400 to buy tools and supplies for the student Community Garden the school

• Kishwaukee Family YMCA: $1,000 to buy Chrome Books for before- and after-school programs

• Somonauk School District 432: $847 to buy new risers for the music department

• Sycamore High School: $1,300 to purchase equipment to expand the school’s welding shop

For information about YEP, visit dekalbccf.org/yep or call Noah Nordbrock at 815-748-5383 or email noah@dekalbccf.org.