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Legacy Youth Alliance

The Legacy Youth Alliance has been established to support qualifying youth-led projects and youth-serving organizations

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The Legacy Youth Alliance is made up of high school students from the Ottumwa, Cardinal, Eddyville and Pekin school districts in addition to home-schooled students that are dedicated to using education, volunteerism, and grant-making to develop leadership skills, to act as role models, and to improve the communities in Wapello County. The Legacy Youth Alliance give young people a voice in the issues that affect them now, and the skills to confront the challenges they will face in the future.

Goals of the Legacy Youth Alliance are:


To promote youth development and experiences in philanthropy


To promote and encourage community initiatives that address concerns of youth


To engage youth and adults in partnership where they work together to serve the common good.


To build a future of strong community leaders and philanthropists.

Great care is taken to ensure that the student population across Wapello County is appropriately represented

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Members of the Legacy Youth Alliance have the opportunity to engage in fun activities and leadership building exercises – all while making a significant difference in their communities. Funding priorities and recommendations are determined by the Legacy Youth Alliance and approved by the Legacy Foundation Board of Directors.

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Current members include:

Abby Jager (She/Her) EBF

Cynthia Albert (She/Her) Cardinal

Issac Cox (He/Him) Cardinal

Kadence Brisby (She/Her) Pekin

Kylie Norman (She/Her) OHS

Lexi Swearingen (She/Her) Pekin

Nevaya Vandello (She/Her) EBF

Oliver Hernandez Norris (He/They) OHS

Sarah Carman (She/Her) EBF

Syprus Loucks (She/Her) Home School

Skyllar Welch (She/Her) Cardinal

Makayla Barnes (She/Her) Cardinal

Sadie Jager (She/Her) EBF

Ben Chance (He/Him)  OHS

Lin Htat Aung (He/Him) OHS


Want to get involved?

  You are eligible to be a member of the Legacy Youth Alliance:

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Amy Nossaman, Grants Program Manager at 641.455.5260 or A completed application and Letter of Reference are required for consideration. New member applications will be accepted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15.