The DCF Youth Council was established in 2012 to involve youth in a meaningful way in the philanthropic traditions, to encourage young people to give and serve in their community, and to make philanthropy a habit of the heart for future generations of Dearborn County residents. The council consists of high-school age youth (grades 9-12) from across Dearborn County.
The Council is self-sufficient and youth-ran with DCF staff and volunteers giving guidance and direction where needed. The council is guided by the three ideals of giving and serving, leadership development, and community engagement.
The youth are nominated by individuals in our community and from recommendations from current Youth Council members. Council members exhibit qualities of energetic, caring and involved youth who want to better serve their community. It’s important to note that young people in the community don’t have to serve on the council to get involved in council activities.
Youth Council members are learning the value of philanthropy and that setting aside funds for the needs of future generations through endowment is vital. The DCF Youth Endowment Fund, which was established in 2012, has grown significantly through the hard work of the youth. The endowment fund will provide support for various needs in the community through grants recommended by the Youth Council. The DCF Youth Council Endowment Fund has grown to a value of more than $35,000. Youth Council members have input as to what they see are the needs from year to year through their grant recommendations from the fund.