RYO was implemented in 2015.

This Youth Philanthropy Program is made up of teens from area high schools and their goal is to promote, grow and support all aspects of philanthropy in the youth of Ripley County. Our initiative provides training on philanthropy, fund raising and the grant making process.  We are empowering the youth to create a powerful voice in the community and become leaders in their generation.

Through the span of 4 years, Ripley Youth Outreach (RYO) has made a powerful impact in our community. They have initiated their own Birthday Box Program. This program provides children 10 and under, whose parents are served by our local food pantries, the opportunity to celebrate their birthday with cake mix, icing, candles and balloons.

Ripley County Food Pantries serve around 2,000 residents; many of them are families with children. In 2017, with the help from local businesses, RYO distributed 500 birthday boxes. RYO is grateful for the help and support from Hillenbrand Industries, Batesville Mayor’s Youth Council, Milan Lions Club, and Shopko for the positive impact they have made. The response to this program has been overwhelming.

In July of 2018 – Hillenbrand Industries global group and RYO teamed together to build 250 birthday boxes.

Ripley Youth Outreach is an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation with a focus of promoting education in all aspects of philanthropy in the youth of Ripley County.  This is a student led organization which allows local teens to have an active role. 


Participating High Schools are:

Mission Statement

To create a powerful youth voice in our community in order to improve the lives of those in Ripley County through a philanthropic approach. 

Vision Statement

Spread knowledge of philanthropy across Ripley County through service and education, to empower the youth to become leaders of their generation.