FIST emerged in 1996 as a program of the Dekko Foundation, whose desire was to encourage the next generation of philanthropy.
As of 2015, FIST reemerged to take on the problems of our new, tech savvy generation of young people. FIST has completely changed their mission statement and goals to better fit the needs of these evolved youth. FIST is composed of 15 middle and high school students in grades 8-12 from Hamilton, Fremont, and Angola schools. Together, they use energy and intelligence to solve problems and overcome the challenges young people like them endure on a daily basis.
F.I.S.T seeks to empower the youth of Steuben County to pursue life aspirations, practive digital citizenship, and ignite a sense of pupose.
If you need additional information, please call the office and ask for our Youth Philanthropy Coordinator at 260-665-6656.
FIST at the 2016 Connect Effect conference with their partners.
“I’m excited about this year because it’s a blank slate. It’s nice to start with new members who don’t necessarily know what the group used to do, so we can make our own path together.”
Read more about FIST and their 2017 President, Karlie Hutchins.