Youth Empowered Philanthropy

Youth Empowered Philanthropy (YEP), empowers youth to make real decisions, with real money that create real impact in Allen County. YEP strives to make our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play while inspiring philanthropy as a habit for future generations.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are closed.

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is proud to launch Youth Empowered Philanthropy, a youth pod for Allen County. Participants will give back to their community through collaborating on service projects and implementing a grant application system for local nonprofits to give away real money!

The YEP Class of 2020-2021 started meeting in October of 2020. The YEP class is made up of  11 high school students.

Participants: Maeren Jellison, Edward Sun, Annalyse  King, Josselyn Ortiz, Vonnia Anwar, Olivia Hamilton, Afia Zeeshan, Megan True, Zoraiya Limzerwala, Brian Collins, and Ryan Lucas Valcarcel

Why Should You Join?

  • To develop soft skills such as leadership, public speaking, critical thinking and decision making.
  • To build relationships with peers and the nonprofit community.
  • To become more aware of community needs and challenges and learn how to address community needs by serving and giving back to your community.
  • To learn about philanthropy and what it means to be a philanthropist.
  • To serve as community resources and leaders through real decisions, real money, and real impact.


  • For the 2020-2021 school year, you must be a Sophomore or Junior.
  • Be in good academic and behavioral standing.
  • Able to attend a 2-hour virtual meeting once a month (schedule to follow).
  • Available to volunteer for occasional service projects determined by YEP members.

If you have any questions regarding YEP, please email Kiley Tate-Potts at

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