A significant number of high school-age youth (grades 9-12) applied to serve on the council with 15 young people from across Dearborn County being chosen to be council members, said Fred McCarter, DCF executive director.
"The youth council is designed to involve youth in a meaningful way in the philanthropic tradition, 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," McCarter
"It's also important to note that young people in our community don't have to serve on the council to get involved in council activities."
The Youth Council goals are to establish a self-sufficient, youth-ran council guided by the three ideals of giving and serving, leadership development, and community engagement, McCarter
In partnership with the youth, DCF
has already established a DCF Youth Endowment Fund for current and future youth council members to recommend grants to eligible charitable organizations in the community, he
Youth Council has a goal to grow the youth endowment fund through fundraisers and simply seeking donations to the fund, McCarter
"It's great to see that these fine young people see the value in raising funds now that can be granted out 20 years down the road to help with community needs," he
Kailin Mitchell, a sophomore at South Dearborn High School
, said she
loves being involved in the youth council because she
wants to make a difference in her
"If you get involved as a young person, you will stay involved," she