YEP Conference Brings Student Philanthropists Together

On Oct. 20, more than 175 community-minded students from across the Ozarks came together for a day of learning at the annual YEP Youth Philanthropy Conference. Representing 24 schools, the students shared ideas on how to make their schools and towns more vibrant places, listened to thoughts from local philanthropist Doug Pitt, and celebrated what it means to be Yeppers.

The Youth Empowerment Project is designed to promote volunteerism, grantmaking, fundraising and education to get mostly high-school and some middle-school students involved in community-based philanthropy. The YEP program now includes chapters at 35 schools.

You can view photos from the conference, hosted at Drury University, at the YEP website,, and check out individual chapter pages and brand-new group photos here (thanks for posing in the morning cold, kids).

To learn more about YEP, and how your school might start a chapter, contact Bridget Dierks by e-mail, or call (417) 864-6199.

Go to Click “Media” to view photos.

Click here to learn more about individual YEP chapters.