Youth In Philanthropy Students Spread Holiday Cheer

Thu 12-6-2018

(Okoboji)-- The Okoboji Foundation's Youth In Philanthropy program is busy as well during the holidays. Rob Waterhouse of the Okoboji Foundation tells KUOO news the 26 area high school students involved in the program met last (Wed.) evening to help spread some holiday cheer...YIP Holiday Update01 

"Our kids were busy helping out with Christmas cards for folks here in the community that could use a little extra pick me up this time of year. We also had a really neat service project in which we were working with Kaden's Closet in Okoboji in which the kids did a clothing drive to help out kids that are in foster care right here in the community, so the 26 kids in the program are, in addition to their fundraising for granting later this year, are very involved in service projects this time of year as well."

Waterhouse adds this is a perfect time of the year to instill in young people the importance of giving back to the community...YIP Holiday Update02 

"The kids have really taken that on and taken it to heart and it's really great to see because, especially high school age kids, it's great that they embrace that type of service and philanthropy and they seem to really enjoy it."

Waterhouse says the students have set their fundraising goal this year at $45,000...YIP Holiday Update03 

"Really what they're just asking is that family, friends, businesses in the area help support them and then the kids get to find out what the non-profits are in the community and then based off of those non-profit needs, those capital type needs they have, the kids then learn about that, discuss it and then they get to direct where those grant dollars go so it's not just fundraising for them, they actually get to be involved in the whole granting process."

More information regarding the Okoboji Foundation and Youth In Philanthropy can be found at or by calling 332-7177.