YAP-PER: 1. (n.) a youth board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque; 2. (n.) part of a team of highly motivated teens dedicated to using volunteerism, philanthropy and grant making to act as positive youth role models, to develop leadership skills and to improve the quality of life for youth in the Dubuque community; 3. (n.) a student from a Dubuque high school.
In their collective role as youth leaders, the YAPPERS direct their energy and passion into two main projects:
- A full grantmaking cycle that mirrors that of the Community Foundation. Grants are awarded to local agencies with programs that focus on youth.
- The Empty Bowls project: a youth poverty awareness and fundraising campaign. The project concludes with an annual Feed the Need luncheon and silent auction. All proceeds benefit local youth in poverty.