Young Leaders in Action

Macon County high school students are encouraged to get involved and make a difference in our community through The Community Foundation.

Young Leaders In Action (YLIA) is a youth-led committee of The Community Foundation of Macon County.

Through monthly meetings and volunteer opportunities, YLIA members will enhance their leadership, communication, social, and analytical skills. Members are familiarized with nonprofits and build an understanding of philanthropy through the grantmaking process.

Member Expectations

  • Check email at least once per week for YLIA announcements and respond when required.
  • Be a responsible steward of money allocated for our community.
  • Form opinions objectively and without bias so decisions made reflect the community‚Äôs best interest.
  • Commit to creating an inclusive environment for all members.
  • Be excited to work with other high school students across Macon County.
  • Serve as a positive representative of YLIA to The Community Foundation, fellow YLIA members, and community members.

Meeting and Event Expectations

  • Attend at least seven of the nine scheduled meetings from September to May.
  • Dedicate at least two to four hours per month to YLIA meetings and activities.
  • Give notice to the President of YLIA or The Community if you will absent from a meeting or event.
  • Attend one or more volunteer outreach opportunities.
  • Attend at least one site visit to a potential grantee organization.
  • Keep meeting discussions confidential and not take decisions and discussions personally.

Scholarship Opportunity

High school seniors who are active members with YLIA have the opportunity to apply for the Wiesemann Family $2,500 Scholarship, exclusive to YLIA members.

Scholarship Application

Our 2020 scholarship portal is now open!

Apply Today

2019-2020 Participants

Congratulations to these 50 students selected through an application process. We are excited to welcome them to YLIA this year!

  • Argenta-Oreana High School
    • Sarah Anderson, Morgan Bohm, Nathan Dahl, Allison Edwards, Kyra Segebart
  • Decatur Christian School
    • Caitlinn Deverell, Joshua House, Alexis Shew, Destiny Tevis, Irina Yeakley
  • Eisenhower High School
    • Londarius Hayes, Samantha McVey, Hope Moore
  • Lutheran School Association
    • Jarrett Albert
  • MacArthur High School
    • Jayden Elliott, Avery Newsome
  • Maroa-Forsyth High School
    • Rabya Hasnain, Lindy Kuhn, Sara Regan, Cameron Reynolds, Allie Schelling, Mavis Wang
  • Meridian High School
    • Lucas Clapp, Drew Hurelbrink, Katelyn Lowry, Alexandra Martin, Madison Sapp, Haylee Wilson
  • Mt. Zion High School
    • Patrick Brandon, Evelyn Comerford, Caroline Flora, Christopher Liu, Jacob Roubein, Grace Roundcount
  • Sangamon Valley High School
    • Paige Coss, Mikayla Jackson, Vanessa Templeton
  • St. Teresa High School
    • Madeline Allison, Grace Buxton, Erika Flickinger, Jack Kramer, Addison Newbon, Grace Pugh
  • Warrensburg-Latham High School
    • Brandon Dickey, Jaycie Edwards, Kathryn Frankovich, Zach Jalley, Benjamin Pasquariello, Sydney Pennypacker

How to Join

YLIA is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors within Macon County, Illinois. Contact Brittani Garner at The Community Foundation of Macon County at 429-3000 or for more information.

Brittani Garner, director of programs and scholarships

Guiding the YLIA

Brittani Garner, director of programs and scholarships for The Community Foundation of Macon County, is coordinator for the Young Leaders in Action (YLIA). A graduate of both MacArthur High School and Millikin University, Brittani started working at the Community Foundation in fall 2018 after previously working for the University of Illinois Extension for four years. Among her responsibilities in that role, she served as Macon County 4-H program coordinator, where she found her passion in helping young people achieve their goals.