An initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque


Here for you. Melissa Lipska Director of Philanthropy 563-588-2700

The values we instill in young people last a lifetime. That’s what our group of youth grantmakers is about.

The YAPPERS are Dubuque high school students learning about the impact they can make through generosity and philanthropy. They engage in teambuilding and leadership activities, discuss local issues, plan events and service projects, and make funding decisions to support youth-serving organizations.

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About Us

What is a YAPPER?

  • A youth philanthropist working with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.
  • A member of a highly motivated team dedicated to volunteerism, philanthropy and grantmaking.
  • A positive youth role model developing leadership skills and improving the quality of life for youth in the Dubuque community.
  • A freshman, sophomore, junior or senior from a Dubuque area high school.

Upcoming Events

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Nyla Noble YAPPERS Alumna

Grantmaking Impact

With funds they raise, the YAPPERS make grants to organizations serving youth.


Raised to date


Granted to nonprofits in 2022


Give Back to Support Local Youth

Whether you are a student looking to get involved, an organization seeking grants, or a community member looking to give, there are many opportunities to support the YAPPERS' work.

Featured Opportunity

Become a YAPPER!

We are accepting YAPPERS applications! All high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors at any Dubuque public or private school may apply. Interviews will be held with interested applicants.

As a member, you will:

  • Attend monthly meetings from September through May
  • Learn about youth needs and assets in our community
  • Make decisions about granting funds to youth projects
  • Work with adults to show that youth are a community resource
  • Participate in community service projects
  • Be open to opportunities for personal growth (i.e. leadership skills)
  • Make a difference in our community

Apply today!
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Ashley Steele YAPPER Alumna

Youth Supporting Youth

The YAPPERS program is an opportunity for local teens to build the ethic of giving back to the community — and make a lasting difference in people's lives.