The YAPPERS are youth grantmakers in our community. They meet to engage in teambuilding and leadership activities, to discuss local youth issues, to plan events and service projects, and to make funding decisions to support youth-serving organizations.

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What We Do

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.
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The application deadline for the 2018-2019 is May 11, 2018. You can download the application here (save the file to your computer and open in Acrobat before you fill in your responses) and return it to yappers@dbqfoundation.org.

As a member, you are expected to:

  • Attend monthly meetings from September-May
  • Learn about youth needs and assets in our community
  • Make decisions about granting funds to youth projects
  • Work with adults and show adults that youth are a community resource
  • Participate in community service projects
  • Are open to opportunities for personal growth (i.e. leadership skills)
  • Make a difference in our community
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The 2018 YAPPERS grant applications deadline passed on March 1. Next year's grant cycle will open on February 1. 

The YAPPERS’ annual grants program aims to provide Dubuque County youth-serving agencies with the opportunity to strengthen and grow their programs. The application process opens in February of each year.

Eligible organizations must be youth-serving, 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies that have been in active service to the public for at least one year prior to applying and be operated and organized in such a manner that no applicable anti-discrimination laws are violated.

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Lauren Czeshinski
Title YAPPERS Student Coordinator
700 Locust Street
Suite 195
Dubuque, IA 52001