2015 Youth Contest Winners


Congratulations to the 2015 Youth Philanthropy Contest Winners!



Art in the Eye of the Beholder – Sydney Owen and Amie Colligan – This pair will use art to impact kids in the community through art classes and activities. Project complete August 2015! See details…




Bags of Hope – Kailyn Storovich, Paige Pena, Kayla Petty, and Paige Thompson – This group will put smiles on many kids’ faces while bringing comfort and joy to them through “bags of hope.” Project complete May 2015!  See details…


Salvation Army Kids Club

Bananas for Nursing Homes – Salvation Army Kids Club – This project would like to “go bananas” for Nursing Homes and bring joy to many people who might be lonely or think they are forgotten. Project complete August 2015! See details…


Bare Necessities – Katie Owen and Kelsie Sturm – These two young people will sew towels and provide care items for those in need and help them with the bare necessities. This project is in motion! See details…

Day-Windedahl 2

Benefit Bags – Grace Day and Beth Windedahl – This team will put together bags with care items and goodies for kids who use the clothing closet at the Norfolk Middle School.  Project complete September 2015! See details and photos…

4-Corners 4-H

Cozy Corners Pet Beds – 4-Corners 4-H Club – This club would like to create pet beds and donate them to sheltered animals in need. Project complete May 2015! See details and photos…


Enjoy Life – Tatum Hausmann and Elley Coffin – This project will help enrich the lives of special education students through experiences and activities. Project complete September 2015! See details and photos…

Jefferson 3rd Grade

Little Hands Big Hearts – Jefferson Elementary 3rd Grade – This class will make tie pillows packed with a note and book about hugs for the Child Advocacy Center and Carson Cancer Center.  Project completed May 2015! See details and photos…


Soup Kitchen Benefit – Brianna Downie – This benefit will help the Soup Kitchen feed the hungry. Project complete September 2015!  See details and photos…

FUMC Youth Group

Treats for Troops – First United Methodist Church Youth Group – This group will make “Treats for Troops” which will include cookies, thank you cards, and $10 fuel cards for the 60 National Guard members who serve in the 189th Division of the National Guard. This project is in motion!  See details and photos…


Projects that Received Community Funding

This year, EVERY project that entered the contest received funding from generous donors and local philanthropists. Thank you for believing in and supporting our youth and their creative, charitable ideas to make a difference!

  • Backpacks from the Heart – Norfolk Catholic 3rd Grade and Sonshine Preschool
    • This team will send school children back to school with a backpack full of supplies they will need for the year, help families with back to school costs and get kids excited to head back to school.Project Complete May 2015!  See details…
  • Every Body Play – Emily Neemeyer and Kendall Hansen
    • This pair will purchase equipment and raise awareness for an inclusive playground experience for every “body.”
  • Food for Hope – Vanessa Famer, Libya Abdudaim, and Sabrina Graham
    • This project will raise money for cancer research by selling vegetables.
  • Friends Through the Differences – Josie Miller and Emily Ames
    • This group is hosting a party to raise awareness for people with disabilities.
  • Gifts of Christmas Joy – Grant Elementary 2nd Grade Class
  • Overnight Bags for Foster Kids – Becca Asbury and Ava Wiedeman
  • One Second is All it Takes – Taylor Ewald and Brooke Gettman
    • This project will use activities and presenters to encourage the community to change their unsafe driving habits to make the roads of Northeast Nebraska safer.
  • Pound Buddies – Ryann O’Brien, Maryn Mead, and Sydney Easland
    • This group will help provide new toys and homes for thousands of cats and dogs in rescue centers.
  • Texting & Driving Has G2G – Emily Funk, Cameron Carney, Aaron Hoff, and Jana Unger
    • This team will spread the word about the dangers of texting and driving in a way that brings people together in a fun and interactive way.
  • Red Shield Youth Music Academy – Edward Rosales (Salvation Army)
    • This project will provide youth with an opportunity to unfold hidden musical talents.