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Illinois YMCA Youth And Government Endowment Fund

Established 2023

Distributions from this Fund will be used to provide support for Illinois YMCA Youth and Government organization.

Investing in leaders, Teaching Democracy.
Illinois YMCA Youth and Government is at the forefront of inspiring young leaders, fostering critical thinking, and nurturing civic engagement.  We strive to provide a unique model state government program that invests in High School Students, prioritizing five key areas throughout the program:  Leadership skills, Civic Engagement, Public Speaking, Self Confidence and the Broadening of Perspectives.

Our dedicated team of volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly to create a safe and inclusive environment where more than 40,000 Illinois Students have explored the world of government, politics, and civic participation.  On the eve of our 75th Anniversary, we are thrilled to launch the Illinois YMCA Youth and Government Endowment fund in order to further our goal of developing the next generation of leaders and ensuring democracy is taught.

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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