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LIFE Participates in Youth Philanthropy Retreat at Pokagon

The LaGrange County Community Foundation’s new Youth Development Intern, Daniel Meyer; Laura Lemings, the LCCF Executive Director and five enthusiastic members of the foundation’s youth philanthropy group joined with 180 other teens and adult mentors from several states this last weekend in a major youth philanthropy retreat at Pokagon State Park.

The November 8 and 9 event was hosted by the Dekko Foundation.

LaGrange youth attending the retreat included Victoria Goodwin and Kelsi Cook from Prairie Heights; Ciara Borg from Lakeland; Sam Miller from Lakeland; and Brandon Barton from the Howe School. The LIFE Youth Philanthropy Group is composed of 20 young people and four adult mentors from those schools. The LCCF Youth Development Intern coordinates all LIFE activities.

Numerous speakers and activities about youth philanthropy highlighted the Pokagon gathering which informed, inspired and helped to empower youth in their efforts to strengthen communities through volunteer efforts. Members of the Dekko Foundation staff including Tom Leedy, Executive Director and members of Phish, the Dekko Foundation Youth Philanthropy Group directed the event and personally lead a number of the small and large group activities.

Guest speakers such as best-selling author and syndicated columnist Craig Kielburger rounded out the programming with thought-provoking insights into the future of youth philanthropy. Kielburger is the celebrated author of eleven books including “Free the Children” and “Me to We”.

For more information about LIFE Youth Philanthropy, contact Daniel Meyer at the LaGrange County Community Foundation - (260) 463-4363.