The Community Foundation of Taney County made a $500 grant to the Hollister High School Youth Empowerment Project chapter on Jan. 28 at Hollister High School. 

The grant kicks off the Foundation’s effort to promote youth philanthropy in the area by making $500 seed grants to any Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) chapter started at a Taney County high school. Because the YEP chapter at Hollister High School predates the initiative, they were the first to receive the award.

“The Community Foundation of Taney County is proud to support the future philanthropists of our area and are very proud of the work that the Hollister YEP has done,” said Community Foundation of Taney County treasurer Mike Gailey, who has been working in recent months to grow the Youth Empowerment Project at a number of Taney County schools.                      

The Youth Empowerment Project of the Ozarks is a youth oriented and directed project of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Rural Schools Partnership. The mission of the Youth Empowerment Project is to empower young people to positively impact their community. This is accomplished through education, service, fundraising, and grantmaking. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks assists a network of 38 Youth Empowerment Project chapters throughout the Missouri Ozarks.

The Community Foundation of Taney County now administers 55 funds with more than $3.8 million in assets. It is an affiliate of Community Foundation of the Ozarks, which has total assets of $210 million. As of June 30, 2012, the CF of TC had distributed more than $1 million back into the Taney County community since its inception in 2002.

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