IYWT Seeks New Members

In Youth We Trust Council Seeks Members for 2021 - 2022 Program Year

In Youth We Trust Council, the youth philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, is looking for new members to join the Council for its 27th year! Established with a grant from the Ford Foundation in 1994 and endowed by a local donor, this program teaches grantmaking, volunteerism, and leadership skills to today’s youth, preparing them to be the positive change of tomorrow.

The IYWT Council is made up of high school-aged students from Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. Council members learn about leadership, community engagement, and philanthropy, and directly manage a grant process that this year will distribute up to $40,000 to community projects that benefit youth. The Council meets one Saturday a month from September – May at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in Rockford.

Students who are interested in learning more about IYWT are invited to attend the annual Kickoff Meeting to meet current Council members and learn more about IYWT. The Kickoff Meeting will be held Saturday, September 25, at 9:00 a.m. at the Community Foundation (946 N Second Street, Rockford, 61107). Students who are interested in attending should email Vice President of Programs, Sarah Lambert, at slambert@cfnil.org to confirm their attendance.

Full details about the In Youth We Trust Council and new member applications may be found online at https://cfnil.org/iywt. Applications are due October 1st.