Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Grant Awards – 2018

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 – $500
“Summer School to Fill the Education Achievement Gap” to fund elementary scholarships for District 87 students who have a financial and academic need to attend summer school.

Child Protection Network – $1,000 
“Permanency Bags for Kids” – A program in collaboration with CASA that provides permanency bags for children as they exit the foster care system.

Fostering Dignity – $1,000
“Backpacks for Youth” – A program that provides backpacks for Department of Children and Family Services investigators when removing children from their homes.

Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation – $500
“Attack Asthma Camp” to purchase refurbished iPads to educate and entertain youth with severe asthma.

Max’s Miles Foundation – $1,000
“The Harmony Park Project” to fund Spinning Sensory Wave Seat at inclusive park that is safe and accessible for children of all abilities.

Muscular Dystrophy Association – $2,000
“Summer Camp” to fund scholarships for children with neuromuscular diseases from McLean, DeWitt, Logan and Livingston counties to attend camp.

Regional Alternative School – $4,000
“Automated External Defibrillator & Hygiene Kits” to fund purchase of AED machine for use within school and supply hygiene kits to students.