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Youth Advisory Council Program

What is YAC?

The Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) involves young people as youth leaders and grantmakers. YAC participants act as advisors to the Community Foundation Youth Endowment, annually reviewing grant applications and recommending grant awards. 

How did YAC Start?

The Youth Endowment was one of the first in our history - and is part of the story of the beginning of the Community Foundation. It was established through a matching grant opportunity from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For every $2 that was raised for other endowments, $1 was matched for the Youth Endowment. Donors came together, contributing $4 million to the brand new Community Foundation, allowing for the creation of a $2 million Youth Endowment.

Who Benefits from YAC?

Our YAC Program allows students to be decision makers for youth issues, needs, and opportunities; to build leadership skills; to learn about philanthropy; and to and give back to our community. The Youth Endowment has supported about $1.4 million in grants BACK to our youth communities.

Who Can Participate?

High school students (home school, private and public school students) in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties are all invited to participate! Over the years, hundreds of area students have participated - MEET YAC ALUMNI!

How do I join?

To apply for a spot on the Youth Advisory Council, please complete a New Member Interest Form HERE. For more information please contact our YAC Program Coordinator Gina Thornbury at 231-935-4066 or gthornbury@gtrcf.org.

If you are a continuing YAC member, please complete your Member Commitment Form HERE prior to the upcoming YAC Program.


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