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.

Hear from three YAPPERS who shared their experiences with youth philanthropy.

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.
  • Annual Feed the Need luncheon and silent auction. All proceeds benefit local youth in poverty.
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YAPPERS are currently accepting applications 2021-2022 year. High school students in grades 9-12 may apply. Interviews will be held with interested applicants.

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

Click here to complete the application. 

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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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Ava Bradley
Title YAPPERS Youth Impact Coordinator
700 Locust Street
Suite 195
Dubuque, IA 52001