Youth Philanthropy Contest

Giving youth an opportunity to express their creativity, compassion, and talent to make a difference in their community is what the Fremont Area Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Contest is all about. The contest allows kids grades K-12 to come up with innovative projects that are philanthropic in nature and help our community grow and change for the better. Philanthropy is a big word, but can easily be understood as "giving of your time, talents, and treasure for the benefit of all." 

Projects for the Youth Philanthropy Contest should have a positive effect in the community. Project ideas could be something you've been thinking about for a while, or even a completely new idea. The main goal is for all projects to benefit others in the Fremont area. You could save something, create something, or change something. How will you make a difference in our community? Grab a friend, form a group, or set out on your own, and start planning your next great idea to give back to the community that has done so much for you! 


Links to information and application:
3 Month Report
6 Month Report
Final Report

2018 applications coming soon!

Check out the winners of our current and previous Youth Philanthropy Contests! All winners received grants of up to $1,000 to help implement their projects!

2017-2018 Contest

Grades K-4 Winner
"Feed Fremont Families" - Lauren Owsley and Friends

Lauren Owsley is making meals for Fremont families to cook in their own kitchens! Lauren, with the help of her friends, is preparing these meals for families and children in need, and the meals will help give families quality time to spend together, healthier eating habits, and cooking skills that will last a lifetime! Click this link for the kids' project video:


Grades 5-8 Winner
"Building Hope" - Trinity & Bergan STEM Club

Students from Fremont's Trinity and Bergan schools are making STEM kits for the children of Fremont's Care Corp. The project aims at bringing children hope through their own creativity in using the STEM kits!


Grades 5-8 Winner
"Youth and Elderly Enrichment Project" - Nathan Kudrna

Nathan is gathering kids from his school and his football team to go on weekly visits with the community's elderly. The kids and the elderly will participate in various activities focused on helping to make the seniors active and involved!


Jessica Janssen Youth Philanthropy Award Winner
"Comfort Bags for Kids at the Bridge" - Confirmation Class of Elim Lutheran & St. Paul's Lutheran Churches (Hooper)

Confirmation class members at Elim Lutheran and St. Paul's Lutheran Churches in Hooper are making comfort bags for each child at the Bridge. The comfort bags include a fleece tie blanket, a t-shirt blanket, a book, personal care items, and a plush animal, all in a large draw-string canvas backpack!


Grades 5-8, 9-12 Winner
"The Hope Center-Fremont Shed Project" - The Hope Center-Fremont

Fremont's Hope Center kids are building a shed for the center in order to free up more space for the students and for the classes!


Grades 5-8, 9-12 Winner
"Eco-Agents for the Better Community" - Giorgi Orkodashvili

Giorgi is creating clubs in both Fremont and Cedar Bluffs schools in order to focus on environmental issues. Problems and topics that will be addressed include up-cycling (an alternative to recycling), general waste management, energy efficiency, and many others!


Grades 9-12 Winner
"Cancer Patients Tie-Blankets" - Ashley Uhing & Logan View FCCLA

Ashley and the Logan View FCCLA Program are making fleece tie-blankets for cancer patients at Children's Hospital. The goal of the project is to add a little bit of color and decoration to the hospital rooms, while making the patients feel more at home!


Grades 9-12 Winner
"Serenity Garden" - Wisner-Pilger Student Council

Grace Steinmeyer and the Wisner-Pilger Student Council are planting a serenity garden in Pilger to give back to the community that's withstood so much in recent years and still done so much for its citizens!


Grades 9-12 Winner
"Fixer Upper: Fremont" - PresbyYOUTH Group

The PresbyYOUTH are partnering with Rebuilding Together to fix up home properties of single-parent families. The goal of this project is to allow the youth to put their faith into action while inspiring hope in the lives of the community and the families that they serve throughout the project!


Grades 9-12 Winner
"TIE-ing Our Community Together" - Archbishop Bergan Key Club

Archbishop Bergan's Key Club is looking to bring warmth and comfort to those in need. They will be making fleece tie blankets for people in the Fremont community in order to spread love, care, and - most importantly - warmth!


Grades 9-12 Winner
"Octopuses for Babies" - Kylie Schurz

Kylie, with the help of family and volunteers, is crocheting 300-400 octopuses to deliver to the Fremont Health Medical Center for newborn babies!

2015-2016 Contest

Best of Show for Community Impact
"The Table" - Elena Wright of Fremont
(North Bend Central High School)

Elena wanted to ensure that perishable food items that are still edible would be collected and redistributed to needy people in the community.


Best of Show for Original Idea
"Foster Care Bags" - Jamie Poppe of Scribner
(Scribner-Snyder High School)

Jamie made foster care bags that can be given to children who are being removed from their home and placed in foster care. The foster care bags included a soft blanket, stuffed animal, a toothbrush/paste and other items that will hopefully provide comfort during a difficult time. Read more in Fremont Tribune Article: "Project Benefits Foster Children".


Jessica Janssen Youth Philanthropy Award
"Implementation of the Music & Memory Program in the Fremont Community" - Anya Morosov of Fremont (Fremont High School)

Anya raised funds to enable a local nursing home to become a Certified Music & Memory Care Facility so that personalized music can enrich the lives of nursing home residents. Check out the Fremont Tribune article: "Music Helps Several Patients".


Best of Show for School-Wide Participation
"Veterans Memorial Plaza Project" 
Submitted by Lyons-Decatur School

This project supported a larger community effort to raise $50,000 to build a Veterans’ Memorial Plaza next to the Lyons Library. Youth ages K-12 at Lyons-Decatur Schools worked together to execute four projects-selling baked goods at a volleyball game, hosting a walk-a-thon fundraiser to honor vets, and community clean up events in Lyons and Decatur. Each raised support for the memorial. Read more here: "Lyons-Decatur Students Raising Money for Memorial" (Fremont Tribune)


Best of Show for Community Partnerships
"Extreme Makeover Church Edition" - PresbyYOUTH Group of Fremont

The PresbyYOUTH identified a rural church impacted by poverty and partnered with Rebuilding Together to fix up the church property (e.g. painting, yardwork, minor repairs).


Best of Show for Youth Helping Youth
"Hope for Kids Book Drive and Carnival" - PresbyYOUTH Group of Fremont

The PresbyYOUTH built a book library at the Hope Center for Kids of Fremont and celebrated the new library with a fun carnival event. You can read more about it in the Fremont Tribune's article: "Hope Center Receives New Book Library"

2014-2015 Contest

Grades K-4 Winner
"Fun Fair" - Girl Scout Troop 42607 (Fremont & North Bend)

The Fremont and North Bend area girl scouts hosted a Fun Fair carnival to raise money for non-perishable food items and toys for the Salvation Army.



Grades 5-8 Winner
"Blankets for Kids" - Keegan McConnell, Reagan McConnell, Emily Brodd (North Bend)

Submitted by Keegan McConnell, Reagan McConnell and Emily Brodd of North Bend. The youth made blankets and pillows that area fire departments can supply to kids who are victims of house fires and accidents. Read more about their project in this Fremont Tribune article.


Grades 9-12 Winner
"Wheels for Meals" - PresbyYOUTH Group of Fremont

The youth group organized a bike ride fundraiser in which people paid to ride in. The proceeds went to the Low Income Ministry’s weekend supplemental feeding program at Washington Elementary. Check out the article Fundraiser Rolls to Successful Outcome in the Fremont Tribune!


Best of Show Award - Education
"Middle School Green Space Project" - Mrs. Beam's & Mr. Saeger's Enrichment Class (Fremont)

Seventh-grade students at the middle school took on a revitalization project in the green space between two of the pods at Fremont Middle School. The goal was to clean up and enhance the space for students, teachers and classes to use as outdoor classroom space. Read the Tribune article about their project and see more pictures here!


Jessica Janssen Youth Philanthropy Award "Walk for Cancer Research" - Wylie Roumph and Lauren Clapper (Fremont)

Roumph and Clapper held a fundraising walk around Johnson Lake to support cancer research. Proceeds went to the Team Jack Foundation.


Area youth complete FACF Youth Philanthropy Contest.

Music has always been a vital part of who Anya Morozov is, an integral part of her very being.

Jamie Poppe has a soft spot in her heart for children and teenagers who wind up entering the foster care system.