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The community foundation's youth philanthropy group, DeKalb's VOICE, is a grant making advisory group with nineteen student members. VOICE meets once a month during the school year to learn about the community and its charitable needs.
DeKalb's VOICE has five members each from DeKalb, Eastside and Garrett High Schools and four members from Lakewood Park Christian School. The students are grade 8 through grade 12. Once appointed, each student serves on the group through his/her high school graduation. As the seniors graduate, the members appoint new eighth graders to the group. The Dekko Foundation and DeKalb County Community Foundation sponsor DeKalb's VOICE, working together to grow a new generation of philanthropic leaders.
2012-2013 DeKalb’s VOICE members: Front:Shelby Mumford; Lauri Carnahan; Amina Thompson, Treasurer; Vince Marshall, President; Zach Shumaker, Vice President; Rebeccah Teller, Secretary; Rebecca Pfeffer; Anna Hartman; and Elizabeth Bolinger.
Back: Sue Blotkamp; Ethan Follet; Madeline Burlage-Haynes; Karsten Cooper; Taylor Skidmore; Brittan Carnahan; Jillian Marlowe; Jenna Zehr; Kali Zollman; Nicholas Miller; Connor Randol; Lori Kaiser; Holly Joseph; and Sarah Getz.
Not pictured: Kati McConnell, Nate Krafft, Kallie Knott
DeKalb's VOICE grants support the DeKalb County, Indiana, community's educational and significant needs. Proposals are accepted on March 1 and October 1.
Grants that benefit children are VOICE's highest priority.