The Youth Engaged in Philanthropy or "YEP" is a program through the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation designed to teach high school students about the world of non-profits.
It is a four-county operation for students in McLean, Livingston, Logan, and Dewitt counties to go through the entire process of helping provide funds for area philanthropic groups. Kathy Sawyer with YEP says they currently have involvement from students of all five Bloomington-Normal public schools but want students from the other three counties to get involved.
Regional Radio spoke with students already involved in YEP and they say it's more than just giving money to groups in need. Roshan Prakash is a junior at Normal Community High School and he believes the program has given him tools outside of philanthropy that he can use in the future.
If a student of a high school in Dewitt, Livingston, Logan, or McLean counties wants to get involved with YEP, they can apply for the 2019-20 school year by visiting ilprairiecrf.org or ciyep.org