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November 20, 2023

Announcing recipients of the Siemer Milling Endowment for Youth Leadership Development Grant for 2023

Pictured L – R: Julie Flack, Kimberly Jansen, Amber Kidd, Becky Meyers, Megan Tylka, Katie Siemer, Stacey Rios, Rhonda Wines, Briar Smith and Kristen Bertrand.

(EFFINGHAM, Illinois – November 14, 2023) Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is pleased to announce the Siemer Milling Endowment for Youth Leadership Development has awarded eight grants totaling $44,790 to the following:

  • Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters received $5,000 for Programming and Youth Education.
  • FBLA (Eastern Area) Stewardson-Strasburg received $5,000 for the Future Business Leaders of America – Eastern Area Leadership Conference.
  • Arts Connection of Central Illinois received $2,500 for the Summer Youth Theatre Camp 2024.
  • Aspire and Tristar Academy received $2,250 for Trauma-Informed Youth Leadership class workbooks.
  • Imagination Library of Effingham received $5,066 for the start-up of books.
  • Effingham CUSD Unit 40 Mentoring Program received $1,000 for the Dressed for Success program.

The Siemer Milling Company Endowment for Youth Leadership Development, a fund of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, was established in 2006 to provide a permanent source of funding to programs in Effingham County that support young leaders’ development. Since its inception, the Siemer Milling Company Endowment has contributed more than $350,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Effingham County.

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