Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Grant Awards – 2017

Thanks to a wonderful philanthropist, YEP had $10,000 available to fund programs that benefit youth. The YEP group works as a team to create the grant application, publicize the grants’ availability, review the applications, and decide which proposals to fund and at what level of funding. The group gives priority to applications that are written by youth or have substantial input from youth.

100 Black Men of Central Illinois – $950
“Summer School Scholarships” 
– To provide elementary and secondary summer school scholarships for students who have an academic need but cannot afford tuition.

Child Protection Network – $1,850
“Gas Cards” – To purchase gas cards for volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to defray their costs in providing advocacy for children in foster care who are located more than 25 miles away.

Clinton Elementary School – $1,000
“Read Across Clinton” – To provide a variety of high-interest, low-cost books for students in 2nd through 5th grades to take home on the last day of school.

Easter Seals of Central Illinois – $1,000
“Timber Pointe Scholarships” 
– To fund scholarships for disabled children to attend summer camp at the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.

Fostering Dignity – $1,000
“Backpacks” – To provide 200 backpacks to hold the personal belongings of children and youth removed from their homes by DCFS.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Bloomington-Normal Chapter – $200
“Speaking Up for Success” – To support a program for students in K through 12th grade designed to increase leadership skills by enhancing confidence in public speaking.

West Bloomington Active Garden – $4,000
“Collaboration with Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal” – To purchase supplies for the garden to help it meet its full potential, increasing production of organic produce to low-income families in West Bloomington while facilitating learning opportunities for the youth of Boys & Girls Club.