Youth As Resources (YAR)


Kenosha County Youth As Resources (YAR) is a grant-giving program which funds youth-designed, youth-led community service projects in Kenosha County. Youth, with guidance from adults, determine the project they believe will address a need in their community.  Youth groups may apply to Kenosha County Youth As Resources (YAR) for small grants of up to $500 which may be used to purchase supplies for the project, but may not be used to pay for volunteer time. The YAR Board reads all applications and invites youth groups to present their proposals directly to the board.

Visit the YAR webpage today!

Are you a youth group with a project you'd like to submit?  YAR Grant Applications are due by the second Tuesday of October, November, February and March.  Get the application here!

Kenosha County Youth As Resources (YAR) was developed out of a need – a need to make the youth of Kenosha County feel more connected to their community. According to results from a 2010 Search Institute Survey of Kenosha County youth, only 27% feel that they are given useful roles in the community.  An even lower 25% of youth feel that adults value them. Kenosha County Youth As Resources (YAR) is a program of United Way of Kenosha County in partnership with 


Kenosha County University of Wisconsin-Extension.

2014-2015 results:

  • 13 grants funded
  • $5,680 distributed
  • 311 youth participants

2005-2015 results:

  • 138 grants funded
  • $51,573 distributed
  • 4,746 youth participants

Click here for a copy of the 2014-2015 YAR Annual Report.



2014 - 2015 YAR Board Members

Megan Aehlich
Youth Board Member
Jennifer Beres Youth Board Member
Katie Carlson Youth Board Member
Keely Dugan Youth Board Member
Rebecca Johnson Youth Board Member
Evan Kirsch Youth Board Member
Abby Lash Youth Board Member
Sara Prostko Youth Board Member
Lindsay Thomas Youth Board Member
Erin Decker Adult Board Member
Alison Derifield Adult Board Member
Erin Latham Adult Board Member
Bryan Feraric Coordinator
Cármelo Davila Advisor