NextGen Philanthropy

YEP (Youth Engaged in Philanthropy) STL is a YouthBridge-led program introducing area high school students to the world of philanthropy. Thanks to a generous grant from First Bank, students work together to review grant applications and award funds to youth-focused nonprofit organizations.
Samantha, a mentor working with the students, compares their approach to professional grantmakers. “The conversations I have with YEP participants are identical to ones happening in funding organizations. Students are analyzing the financial health of organizations, outcome metrics, and innovative ways to serve children and families. I continue to be impressed with this program and with the young leaders who make it happen.”

Working on a school year calendar, the 2017-18 team selected the following grant recipients: Kingdom House, Lift for Life Gym, Living Well Foundation, LOVEtheLOU, The Little Bit Foundation, Vitendo4Africa.