Ripley Youth Outreach (RYO) is an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation with a focus of promoting education in all aspects of philanthropy in local youth. This youth philanthropy program is made up of teens from area high schools, with a goal to empower the youth to create a powerful voice in their communities and become leaders of their generation. Our initiative provides training on philanthropy, fundraising and the grant making process. Since 2015, Ripley Youth Outreach has made a powerful impact in their community through various projects and programs.

We work with employers, small businesses, community organizations, government, educators, and residents to develop collaborative programs to support and expand our local economy. We do this through events that encourage students to apply curious minds and critical-thinking skills to real-world opportunities. We do this through convening stakeholders, facilitating conversations, grant writing, and research into best practices.