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Okoboji Foundation


The Okoboji Foundation’s Youth In Philanthropy program started in 2009 with a goal to prepare area youth with the skills needed to assess community needs, solicit donations and evaluate grant requests to create a ripple of impact in their community. Each year students, grades Freshman to Senior, from Lake Park, Okoboji and Spirit Lake high schools are encouraged to apply to the program. Twenty-five students are chosen and meet October through May.

Not currently accepting applications

YIP Project Goals

  •   Nurture a cohesive, enthusiastic network of youth who are inspired to serve their community.

  • Provide a learning environment in which youth seek community donations in support of their community.

  • Entrust youth with legitimate authority to decide and direct the future of their community through grant-making decisions.

  • Engage youth immediately as active citizens.