Youth Philanthropy Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 Youth Philanthropy Contest! The following will each receive a $1,000 grant to implement their projects:

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

Elena would like to ensure that perishable food items that are still edible will 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 would like to make 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 will include a soft blanket, stuffed animal, a toothbrush/paste and other items that will hopefully provide comfort during a difficult time.


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

Anya would like to raise 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.


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

This project will support 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 will work 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 will raise support for the memorial.


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

The PresbyYOUTH want to identify a rural church impacted by poverty and partner up 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 want to build a book library at the Hope Center for Kids of Fremont and celebrate the new library with a fun carnival event.

To learn more about the Youth Philanthropy Contest, please view this video or contact Melissa Diers at 402-721-4252 or