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 Hinsdale Central High SchoolLyons Township High School, Nazareth Academy, and Riverside Brookfield High School. Curricula encourages students to explore our local community and its social needs; learn about philanthropic theory; and engage in organizational evaluation and grantmaking.

Grant Opportunity

YC2 students are divided into 2 funding cohorts that are seeking grant proposals for general operating support from Community Memorial Foundation grantee organizations. They will conduct virtual site visits to evaluate grant requests and will award up to $30,000 ($15,000 per cohort) to further the mission and vision of Community Memorial Foundation.
Grantee organizations must select one funding cohort to whom they want to apply (Cohort A or Cohort B). Organizations cannot submit to both cohorts.
  • Funding Cohort A has identified the following CMF funding priority for this grant opportunity: Increase health equity by reducing the health, social and economic barriers to optimal well-being and quality of life. They are particularly interested in requests that reduce barriers at the intersectionality of language, cultural competence, and ability to pay.
  • Funding Cohort B has identified the following CMF funding priority for this grant opportunity: Provide services that promote good mental and behavioral health, in order to reduce stigma and treat youth and adults in need. They are particularly interested in requests that provide equitable mental health counseling services for people ages 11-19, irrespective of language, race/ethnicity, immigration status, or ability to pay.
Any CMF grantee organization that addresses either of these priorities is welcome to apply for funding.
Grant applications are due to the Foundation by 5:00 PM on March 12, 2021.




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

Community Memorial Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of The Burjan Family, Moira & Paul Naffah, and Corlyn & Jeff Simmons in facilitating the YC2 program.

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