YPII Conferences and Workshops

YPII conducts annual conferences and workshops that connect youth philanthropy groups across the state. Participants build skills, network, and develop new ideas about addressing community needs. The events offer a variety of breakout sessions focusing on topics such as fundraising skills, service opportunities, team building, identifying community needs, and grantmaking.  National as well as local speakers provide innovative ideas to enhance the four pillars of Indiana youth philanthropy:  giving, serving, leading, engaging.

Past YPII Conferences

Youth Philanthropy Rocks! July 16, 2014

The 2014 YPII/GIFT Summer Conference, “Youth Philanthropy Rocks” took place  at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis.  The event brought together over 100 adult program leaders and teens from 25 Indiana Community Foundations, youth-serving organizations, and the Council of Michigan Foundations.  Sessions aligned with the theme of “Youth Philanthropy Rocks” and included Charity Can Be Toxic: Finding A New Venue, Ignition: Fast Fire Ways to Engage All Youth, Rockin’ the Assets in Today’s Age – 40 Developmental Assets, and Sound Collaboration: Play Your Party.

Engage Your Inner Superhero! July 17, 2013

Over 120 youth philanthropists and adult leaders from Community Foundations and youth-serving organizations around the state gathered at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis for the 2013 YPII/GIFT Conference, “Engage Your Inner Superhero.”  Attendees proved that being a philanthropic superhero can be easy and at the same time make a great impact by donating school supplies, food items, and baby supplies for three Indiana nonprofit organizations (LaGrange County Council on Aging, School on Wheels, and Hope Southern Indiana).  Attendees chose from eight breakout sessions presented by enthusiastic presenters.  Topics included marketing, leaving legacies, fundraising, crafting an elevator speech, engaging and retaining youth in your programs, creative service projects, learning from failure, and group consensus building.

Learning to Lead Locally, July 25, 2012

On  July 25, 2012 approximately 115 youth grantmakers, adult advisors/navigators and consultants gathered for the YPII/GIFT conference, “Learning to Lead Locally,” at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis. Attendees learned that integrating innovative service project ideas can keep youth grantmakers engaged, programs need to develop and integrate a list of core values, encouraging the development of strong networking skills can prepare young philanthropists to be successful in college, their careers, and beyond!