Youth Empowered Philanthropy (YEP), empowers youth to make real decisions, with real money that creates a 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.
Youth Empowered Philanthropy
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!
Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will close on September 17, 2021.
What is YEP?
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 2021-2022 school year, new applicants must be a FWCS or Canterbury Sophomore or Junior.
- Be in good academic and behavioral standing.
- Able to attend a 2-hour meeting once a month from 11 AM – 1 PM.
- Available to volunteer for occasional service projects determined by YEP members.
Meeting Dates for 2021-2022:
- October 6
- November 17
- December 8
- January 5
- February 9
- March 9
- April 13
- May 11
When you click apply now you will be directed to CFGFW’s online grant portal. In order to apply for a YEP grant, you will need to make an account on CFGFW’s online grant portal.
The 2020-2021 YEP Cohort consisted of ten students from Canterbury High School who met virtually every month to learn about the philanthropic world, active nonprofit organizations in Allen County, and valuable leadership skills.
YEP was provided with $10,000 to use for grants due to the generosity of the Joyce Schlatter Fund at the Community Foundation. Students received grant applications from 45 Allen County-based nonprofit organizations. The students reviewed and made notes on each application, placed follow-up phone calls and emails, and conducted site visits. Based on the information they received, students worked as a group to decide which organizations to fund and how much funding to grant them. The organizations the group chose were
- Joseph Missions ($3,500)
- Out of a Jam ($3,000)
- Lexi’s Voice ($1,200)
- Gigi’s Playhouse ($2,300).
On top of the grantmaking process, students are working on collectively completing 80 hours of volunteer time between the Impact Center, Science Central, Habitat for Humanity, St. Joseph Missions, and Lexi’s Voice.
If you have any questions regarding YEP, please email Kiley Tate-Potts at email@example.com.
YEP teaches students about philanthropy and the impact they can have on their community while exposing them to the nonprofit world. Gifts made to YEP will supplement the students grantmaking which allows students the opportunity to make real decisions with real dollars that create real impact in our community.