2017-18 Youth in Philanthropy application online

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Okoboji Foundation Youth in Philanthropy Initiative is an annual program for area high school students, empowering them to make a lasting positive impact in our Lakes Community.

The 2017-18 Youth in Philanthropy application is available on the Okoboji Foundation website through Sept. 8 at www.okobojifoundation.org Click on the “YOUTH” tab.

Students receive community service hours as they learn about the work of the Okoboji Foundation and other nonprofits in the Lakes Community. Students also participate in fundraising for their own grant process and recommend awards to vital nonprofit projects. In the first seven years of Youth in Philanthropy, students have raised over $200,000 for community grants steered by student decision.

All high school students interested in personal development, community awareness and leadership skills are invited to apply. YIP participants from previous years are invited to reapply. All applications will be read and scored by YIP Steering Committee without knowing names of the applicants. Up to 25 students will be selected to participate.

Students who attend area high schools and are interested in making a lasting positive impact in the Lakes Community are eligible. Applicants should commit to attend YIP meetings one Wednesday per month from 6-7:15 p.m. from October through May.

Applications must be received on or before: Sept. 8. Students will be contacted by email and/or phone supplied on application with further information about participation by Sept. 25.

Through the generosity of community donors, Youth in Philanthropy has awarded YIP Grants to assist with these capital projects since the beginning of this student leadership initiative in 2010:

• microscopes for blue green algae testing at Lakeside Lab

• water-saving plumbing and refrigeration unit at Dickinson County Expo Center

• Meals on Wheels food carriers at Voluntary Action Center

• bunk beds and mattresses for new cabin at Camp Foster YMCA

• roof replacement on Lauridsen Performing Arts Center at Pearson Lakes Art Center

• trailer for memorial flag storage and transport by American Legion/VFW

• fish barrier between Center and West Lake Okoboji by Dickinson County Conservation District

• aerial high ropes confidence course at Lake Okoboji Methodist Camp

• 125th Anniversary Time Capsule at Historic Arnolds Park, Inc.

• performance technology upgrades at Pearson Lakes Art Center

• new kennel, cattery and entry doors at Humane Society of Northwest Iowa

• walking trail along Miller's Bay at Lakeside Lab

• disc golf course at Kenue Park

• Spirit Lake Kiwanis Splash Pad in Memorial Park

• ​essential ceiling and wall repairs at Discovery House

• new chapel roof at Camp Foster YMCA

For more information please contact Mary Freiborg or Holly Skopec at the Okoboji Foundation. Phone 712-332-7177 or email info@okobojifoundation.org

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