Okoboji Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy Program Raises More Than $45,000

Thu 5-4-2017

(Arnolds Park)-- The Okoboji Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy program has wrapped up another very successful season. Mary Freiborg of the Okoboji Foundation tells KUOO news the program that promotes philanthropy among area youth set a record this year by raising $45,540. Freiborg says the youth decided to donate that money toward several projects that will have long-term positive impact on the area...YIP Grants01

"They have chosen to give to Iowa Lakeside Laboratory for microscopes that will be used specifically for blue-green algae testing. Their second award goes to the Dickinson County Fair Board for the Expo Center to do commercial refrigeration units and water-saving plumbing upgrades. And in the possibility of that being used as an emergency center in the future the students really though that was something that would be a vital difference for the community. And their final grant is going to the Voluntary Action Center for Meals on Wheels food containers. We were actually able to see the new containers last night and each one of them will contain the Youth In Philanthropy logo on the top."

Freiborg says the grant announcements were made during the annual year-end celebration for Youth In Philanthropy held last (Wed.) evening at Camp Foster YMCA...YIP Grants02 

"We were able to go into the new building where they funded the bunk beds and mattresses for that new cabin that really allows a whole bunch of new campers to have a camping experience each summer."

About 25 students from lakes area high schools participate in the Youth In Philanthropy program each school year. 

Youth In Philanthropy students in new cabin at Camp Foster