YIP Spotlight: Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller currently works as a chemical sales account manager for DOW Chemical. Jessica gets to see several sites and people through this job as it has her travelling to 12 different states! Before her current busy lifestyle, Jessica kept herself busy at Purdue University where she was heavily involved in her sorority, Alpha Chi  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Cora Owens

RCHS Sophomore Cora Owens, also known as the “crazy leadership girl,” is currently leading her peers in philanthropy. Cora helps her school by serving in many clubs such as Principal’s Advisory Board, FFA, and as class president. In the community, Cora volunteers through Orange Christian Church, Richland Farmers and Farmerettes 4-H Club, and Jake Heart  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Blake Connolly

Former Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) member Blake Connolly uses the grant-giving knowledge he learned in YIP in his every day career. Blake currently works at his alma mater Purdue University in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Through Purdue Extension, he is working on the Nutrition Education Program which works with extension offices across  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Michaela Orme

When Michaela Orme is not helping out RCHS Athletics, she is keeping healthy animal habits in mind by researching nutrition related to livestock at BRRS. Michaela has always had a passion for animals, and she even volunteered with Purdue Goat Club before she graduated from Purdue University in 2017. Michaela describes her current philanthropic effort  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Brett Leisure

Brett Leisure is currently a junior at Purdue University studying agronomy. Through his major, Brett is able to give back to the campus community by being an Agronomy Ambassador. He helps grow the agronomy program by talking with and giving tours to prospective students because he wants to help his college to the best of  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Julia Holland

RCHS senior Julia Holland is actively involved in several extracurricular activities, and many of them involve philanthropy. For example, Julia helps younger students by participating in Peer Helpers and Facilitators (PHAF) and Freshmen Mentors. She also helps her community through her involvement with Girls Scouts, Jivin’ Jackson 4-H Club, and Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). Julia  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Sadie Meckes

Sadie Meckes recently took time out of her busy schedule working at Angie’s List to talk about her time in Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). Sadie claims this organization is what taught her about philanthropy and was the first time that she felt she had a voice when she was young. Now, she uses that voice  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Joe Heady

Dad by day and surgery charge nurse by night, Joe Heady recently reminisced about his time in Youth in Philanthropy (YIP). This organization made Joe see the needs of his community and gave him the chance to get involved and do something about those needs. His work with YIP allowed him to see things from  … Read more

YIP Spotlight: Lauryn Payne

Recent Hanover College graduate Lauryn Payne is currently working at Rushville Elementary School West as a special education aide. She was recently involved with M.o.R.E. for Kids, and she helped the RCCF raise money via the 5 in  50 bike ride. While she was at Hanover, Lauryn gave back to her community by promoting environmental  … Read more

Building Common Ground

Photo credits: Chip West Let’s face it; teens often get a bad rap. But what happened when 309 youth from around the country descended on Rush County during one week in July tells a story that undoubtedly will warm the frostiest of hearts.   The teens were part of the Rush County Youth Group Workcamp.  … Read more