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YAC Hosts Give Back Event


posted April 14, 2016

Area youth are joining with other youth around the world as part of Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 16. The Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is hosting this event – its inaugural service project in our communities – in partnership with churches, schools, and nonprofits across the region.

“The Community Foundation has a long history of engaging youth in philanthropy and grantmaking through our YAC program,” said Gina Limbocker, Grantmaking and Program Officer and YAC Advisor. “We are excited to see our YAC members take their experience one step further by planning and hosting this food and clothing drive for our own communities while also participating in a larger, philanthropic initiative that involves youth from all around the world.”

The Community Foundation YAC engages high school students in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties in philanthropy and grantmaking and provides students the opportunity to be leaders and decision makers. Each year, YAC students serve as advisors to the Community Foundation’s Youth Endowment and in 2015 recommended $85,000 in grants across the five-county region.

“Our Youth Endowment is one of the first in our history and over more than 20 years, hundreds of area youth have participated in YAC and together have had a hand in more than $1.4 million in grants awarded to support youth services and programs,” said Alison Metiva, director of community relations. “The experience and opportunities these youth have is incredibly unique and powerful – they truly are leaders and decision makers on how grant funds should be used to benefit needs and opportunities for youth.”

The regional “Give Back” event is planned for Saturday, April 16 and drop-off sites across the five-county region have been identified.

“We encourage everyone to join us in giving back to our communities in whatever way they can,” said Hannah Davis, a member of the YAC Leadership team from Antrim County. “Our grants are just one way we can support our communities and we are excited to encourage others to join us in giving back in other ways by donating food and clothing.”

For more information, including a full list of drop off sites, CLICK HERE or call Gina Limbocker at 231-935-4066.


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