YC2 | Young Community Changemakers

Young Community Changemakers (YC2) is a leadership development program designed to educate and empower local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists–those who give their time, talent and treasure for the common good.

The Foundation recently celebrated the culmination of its inaugural youth philanthropy program, known as YC2. The program, offered to juniors and seniors from Lyons Township High School and Nazareth Academy, empowers students to explore our local community and its social challenges; learn about philanthropic theory; and engage in organizational evaluation and grantmaking.


After narrowing their funding focus to teen mental health, the YC2 changemakers awarded Healthcare Alternative Systems, Hope for the Day and NAMI Metro Suburban $5,000 each to support youth mental health initiatives in the Foundation’s service area.


YC2 will return in the spring for a second session of changemaking. Be sure to follow our website and social platforms for more information.



Please contact Tom Fuechtmann or Beth Murin at 630.654.4729.


Community Memorial Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of The Burjan Family in facilitating the YC2 program.

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