YEP News

March 9, 2009
Dadeville YEP Makes First Grant


Congratulations to the Dadeville Youth Empowerment Project for presenting their first grant check!  A $350 grant was presented to the Dadeville school music department to fund equipment so the students may continue to provide culture through music to the Dadeville community.   Pictured is music instructor Mr. Carter and Dadeville High School band students.

March 2, 2009
Ozark YEP students Volunteer at Kids Against Hunger

The Ozark YEP recently volunteered at Kids Against Hunger and were featured on KOLR 10 (see the video of the students here).  The Ozark YEP has a very strong focus on involvement and volunteerism.  Congratulations to the Ozark YEP for continuing to set an example for youth philanthropy!

February 28, 2009 
Carthage YEP Presents Check to Carthage Junior High Odyssey of the Mind Project

The Carthage YEP granted $1000 to the Carthage High School Odyssey of the Mind project in their winter grant selection.  Congratulations to the Carthage Odyssey of the Mind for receiving this grant!  This grant will be used to help defer the cost of attending the Odyssey of the Mind “World” competition later this semester.

February 3, 2009
Congratulations to the Stockton Teen Empowerment Project

We are thrilled to announce the Stockton Teen Empowerment Project will be the fourteenth Youth Empowerment Project in the Ozarks region!  The Stockton Teen Empowerment Project (STEP) has already hit the ground running with local projects to better their community.  They have established both a short-term fund and a long-term endowment fund, so the organization begins with long-term sustainability in mind.  We are thrilled to have sponsor Mrs. John Nail and STEP in our ranks!

January 12, 2009
Dadeville High School Joins the Youth Empowerment Network

Congratulations to the Dadeville Youth Empowerment Project for their partnership with the Youth Empowerment Project of the Ozarks!  The Dadeville YEP is the thirteenth regional partner in the Youth Empowerment Project.  Sponsor Sherri Robbins and the students are already hard at work making their organization well-known in the community of Dadeville.  We look forward to witnessing their philanthropic enthusiasm at work!

December 3, 2008
Welcome Eldon High School Youth Empowerment

The Youth Empowerment Project of the Ozarks is proud to announce the creation of the Eldon High School Youth Empowerment Project!  We are thrilled to have the Eldon YEP involved in youth involvement and grantmaking in their community.  The Eldon YEP will be sponsored by Daphney Partridge.  We  look forward to posting information about their future philanthropic activities!

November 4, 2008 
Ozark High School YEPO Talent Show

Congratulations to the Ozark YEPO students for their success in hosting yet another enormously successful talent show!  The Sixth Annual Ozark YEPO Talent Show was held on October 11th at the Ozark High School Auditorium.   Funds received from the Ozark YEPO Talent Show are used each year to financially support youth-oriented and youth-driven projects in Ozark.  The talent show featured over twenty acts in many different performance categories.  After the contestants performed for the show, YEPO students presented their annual grant selections to representatives from the recipient organizations.  

The Talent Show:

Winners of the 6th Annual Youth Empowerment Project of Ozark Talent Show were:

  • Male Solo – Jacob Osborn
  • Band – Good Question
  • Vocal Group – Jacob Osborn and Jeremy Pankey
  • Comedy/Tragedy – Bethany Chapman and Derek DeAtley
  • Dance – Maddy Foreman
  • Female Solo – Hannah Vigneaux
  • Instrumental – Clayton Fielden
  • Best of Show – Jeremy Pankey and Jacob Osborn

Grant Check Presentations:

Angie Yates, teacher at Ozark Upper Elementary, accepts a YEPO grant along with her son and one of her 6th grade students.  Yates grant money will fund 2 Tigerpacs for one year.  A Tigerpac is a back pack packed with nutritious food that is sent home on the weekend with needy students.  

Additionally, individual representatives who received grants for their organizations at the event were:  

  • Kerry King, an Ozark High School student who accepted a grant to help purchase equipment for the new fitness room at OHS
  • An OHS student who accepted a grant check to purchase research books for the OHS Math Club
  • Michelle Lindsey, Ozark Upper, who accepted a grant to purchase digital video cameras so that 6th grade communications arts students could make video book reports

September 25, 2008
Seymour YEP Fund School Projects


The Seymour Youth Empowerment Project recently provided two grants to benefit Seymour R-2 School District. They selected a grant to the Seymour 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball team for the purchase of new uniforms. This will be the first time middle school students will wear new uniforms rather than castoff high school uniforms. Additionally, the YEP team selected a grant that will provide funding to begin an academic/quiz bowl team in the Seymour Middle School. This funding will provide items key to the creation of the team including buzzers and study materials.

The Seymour Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) continues to be a stellar example of the value of youth philanthropy in rural communities in the Ozarks. In addition to regular grantmaking to youth-oriented programs, the Seymour YEP continues to work diligently toward the establishment of a $10,000 endowment fund by youth-driven fundraising projects. This endowed fund will ensure the long-term sustainability of the program. Congratulations to the Seymour YEP for their excellent progress! The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Greater Area Seymour Foundation are proud to partner with this quality group of young philanthropists.