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EGRSF Top 40 Grants Countdown #37: Youth Development Program

photo of Betsy Willey

Freshman Connection, Healthy High, Pioneer Partners, and Senior Retreat. 

All great programs, and all part of East Grand Rapids Leadership and Youth Development (EGRLYD). So where did LYD come from? Like so many things in our community, it started with a grant from the Foundation. 

Way back in 1994, Betsy Willey ‘64 (this year’s EGRSF Community Service Award honoree) and Dave Kampfschulte co-founded the Youth Development Program with the help of the Foundation. Nearly 30 years later, their vision is still helping our students. 

Thank you, Foundation donors, for making this possible! You can help support our mission of investing in educational enhancements for all our students on our Donate page.


  • Ray and Kristin Abraham
    Ray and Kristin Abraham
  • The Adamy Family
  • Sue and Marty Allen
  • The Bissell/Kruer Family
    The Bissell/Kruer Family
  • Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
    Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
  • Jason and Elizabeth Christopherson
  • Pat Connor
    Pat Connor
  • Nancy Cook
  • Damian and Sara deGoa
    Damian and Sara deGoa
  • Rick and Carol Godfrey
  • John and Deanna Green
  • The Iakiri Family
    The Iakiri Family
  • KV and Jena Lacks
  • Steve and Jenny McMahon
  • Dave Mehney
    Dave Mehney
  • Matthew Richenthal
    Matthew Richenthal
  • Elaine Rongey
  • Beth Wells Skaggs
    Beth Wells Skaggs
  • Abby and Rich Sorota
  • Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
    Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
  • Charley and Janine Thompson
    Charley and Janine Thompson