YEP: Youth Empowerment Project

The Youth Empowerment Project is designed to promote volunteerism, grantmaking, fundraising and education to involve high-school and middle-school students in community-based philanthropy. Established in 2001, the YEP program now includes chapters at 30 schools.

For the latest on the YEP program, follow @yepozarks on Facebook and Instagram.

Save the date! The annual YEP Conference will be held Feb. 6, 2019.

 

Mission

The mission of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is to empower youth to positively impact their community. This is accomplished through education, service, grantmaking, and fundraising.

Community

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has continued to expand upon the Youth Empowerment concept by growing further into the Ozarks region. We are committed to the creation and development of YEP projects in rural Missouri communities. If you’re interested in starting a local YEP chapter in your community, please contact Kaleigh Trammell.

List of chapters

  • Alton YEP
  • Aurora High School YEP
  • Bakersfield Youth Empowerment Project
  • Carthage Youth Empowerment Project
  • Clinton Youth Empowerment Project
  • Conway YEP
  • Couch Youth Empowerment Project
  • Dadeville Youth Empowerment Project
  • Douglas County Youth Empowerment Project
  • Eldon Youth Empowerment Project
  • Gainesville Youth Empowerment Project
  • Galena YEP
  • Hollister Youth Empowerment Project
  • Lockwood Youth Empowerment Project
  • Marshfield High School YEP
  • McAuley (Joplin) Youth Empowerment Project
  • Monett Youth Empowerment Project
  • Mountain Grove YEP
  • Nixa Youth Empowerment Project
  • Norwood Youth Empowerment Project
  • Youth Empowerment Project of Ozark (YEPO)
  • Ozark County Youth Empowerment Project
  • Reeds Spring Youth Empowerment Project
  • Sarcoxie Youth Empowerment Project
  • Seymour R-II
  • Youth Empowerment Project of Sherwood
  • Springfield City YEP
  • St. James Youth Empowerment Project
  • Stockton Youth Empowerment Project
  • Willow Springs Youth Empowerment Project

 

The four Tenets of YEP

Education

  • The importance of local, purposeful community involvement
  • A focus on local community, educating others on the importance of youth involvement in community
  • Serve on board of directors, serve on community foundation boards

Service

  • Fulfill a civic duty to community
  • Volunteerism, working to benefit our local citizens
  • Fulfilling needs that are not currently being met in a community

Grantmaking

  • Provide small, youth-oriented grants to projects in the local community
  • Students make grantmaking decisions, learn to make tough decisions
  • Students present grants to organizations, follow up on grants to ensure they are correctly used

Fundraising

  • Annual events
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Applying for grants from local community foundation or other entity
  • Community fundraising efforts at local festivals
  • Requesting contributions from community donors