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.

YC2 is a youth philanthropy program offered to juniors and seniors from Lyons Township High School and Nazareth Academy. Curricula encourages students to explore our local community and its social needs; learn about philanthropic theory; and engage in organizational evaluation and grantmaking. At the end of the program, students collectively award up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations that further the mission and vision of Community Memorial Foundation.

The 2020 class of Young Community Changemakers recently awarded $7500 grants to Alivio Medical Center and TEACH to reduce barriers to health care in our community, particularly surrounding language, cultural competence, and ability to pay.

The Foundation is proud to recognize these next generation changemakers for their achievements and their resilience in adapting to an online platform for the site visits and final program sessions.


Please contact Beth Murin, YC2 Program Coordinator, at 630.654.4729.

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


Hopeful. Inspired. Connected. These were just a few of the words that the students used to describe their outlook on philanthropy after completing the program.
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