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 Young Community Changemakers program, also known as YC2, is a leadership development program sponsored by Community Memorial Foundation and The Burjan Family. It is based on the vision that young people need opportunities to develop the skills to be the future leaders and stewards of our community.

Thirty students from Lyons Township High School and Nazareth Academy have been selected to participate in the inaugural YC2 program. Program curricula begins with students exploring their local community and its social challenges; learning the basics of philanthropic theory; and then conducting organizational evaluation and grantmaking. Students will review grant applications from local organizations, conduct site visits, and at the end of the semester-long program, award up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations that further the mission and vision of Community Memorial Foundation.

The YC2 program began with a kickoff event in December 2018 and will conclude in April 2019. Students will convene for 8 program sessions designed and developed in partnership with Allow Good, an Evanston-based nonprofit organization that provides school-based and custom curriculum aimed at providing youth with the tools of philanthropy.


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