Youth Empowered Philanthropy

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.

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 have closed.

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

Youth Empowered Philanthropy (YEP) has opened their second round of grant applications! Nonprofits can submit a short application for operational funding.

  • Applications open December 1 and close on December 20, 2021.
  • Applications are short and only take 5-10 minutes to apply.
  • Nonprofits must be located in Allen County and serving Allen County to apply.
  • Grants range between $1,000 – $5,000.
  • All grant applications will be reviewed and decided on by the 21 YEP members.
  • Nonprofits that advance will be asked to host a site visit with students via phone, zoom, or in person.
  • Nonprofits will be notified by February 16th on funding decisions.

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. 

Nonprofits can submit a short application for volunteer time from YEP students.

  • YEP students only volunteer between the months of October – May. Your project must fall within this timeline.
  • Volunteers are high school students. Your project must be willing to accept volunteers 15 years of age and up.
  • Volunteer time requests are evaluated by the 15th of every month.
  • Nonprofits must be located in Allen County and serving Allen County to apply.
  • All applications will be reviewed and decided on by the YEP members.

The 2021-2022 YEP Cohort consisted of twenty students from Canterbury High School and Fort Wayne Community Schools. Students meet once a 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 71 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

  • Positive Resource Connection, $4,000
  • Cass Housing, $3,000
  • Hear Care, $3,000

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

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.

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