Youth Empowerment Project Update

It’s been an eventful few weeks for the Youth Empowerment Project!

First, YEP welcomes its two newest chapters in Willow Springs and Aurora, bringing the total number of chapters across CFO’s service region to 38.

YEP also hosted regional students and sponsors at the first Spring Recharge event on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The two hour session, held at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, invited small numbers of participants per school to recharge and rebuild enthusiasm for exceptional spring semesters. Students and sponsors focused on successes and lessons learned in the fall semester and discussed ideas and upcoming fundraising, service, and grantmaking projects for spring.  YEP chapters also learned about upcoming grant and scholarship opportunities this semester.

“My YEPO kids loved the Recharge event,” Ozark YEP sponsor Karen Miller said. “Since it was small, they felt like they got to participate more, not just listen.  On the way up we had time to discuss some changes for YEPO; on the way home we discussed fund raising, rules and the radical differences between the groups.  They had fun, and they learned!” Click here for more information and photos.

YEP of the Ozarks is a 38-chapter program that focuses on youth philanthropy in rural Ozarks places.  YEP students achieve their philanthropic goals through four tenets: community education on the importance of philanthropy, service to our local places, fundraising for youth projects, and grantmaking to support local youth-oriented and directed programs. For more information go to or contact Bridget Dierks at (417) 864-6199.

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