Youth Advisory Committee

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The Youth Advisory Committee is a branch of the Four County Community Foundation whose membership is entirely made up of youth from the communities we serve. Our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) was established in 1990. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation sponsored the Youth Challenge for Community Foundations to grow youth endowment funds. These funds were to be used exclusively for grants allocated by youth advisory committees for local nonprofits’ youth programming.

Today there are close to 1,900 young philanthropists serving on 86 youth grantmaking committees in Michigan.  Collectively, YACs across the state award $1.5 million per year.  Since being established in 1990, our YAC has awarded 693 grants and scholarships totaling $588,499. Our YAC works continuously to better the lives of youth through philanthropy.

We strive to have representation from each of the school districts in our service area. These schools include Almont, Armada, Capac, Dryden, Imlay City, and Oxford, Richmond, and Romeo. Students in grades seven through twelve have the opportunity to take an active part in giving back to their community through membership in YAC.

As a Youth Advisory Committee, one of the most important things we do is the Needs Assessment. Every three years, YAC members are responsible for administering the Needs Assessment Survey to all 7th, 9th, and 11th graders in their school districts. YAC uses the results of the Needs Assessment to determine how grant money should be spent, and to decide what service projects the YAC should initiate.  The latest Needs Assessment was completed early in 2017 and is available here.

The YAC granting program is remarkable and unique. YAC is responsible for setting up grant guidelines and deciding which requests will be recommended for funding. Our YAC has four competitive granting cycles each year. The April grant cycle is exceptional, as it is when the YAC chooses group grant recipients, as well as scholarship recipients. Our committee members review dozens of applications for several different scholarships every spring. Each is a blind review, that is, the YAC members do not know who the applicants are, but make their choices based on the students’ essays.

To learn more about YAC opportunities or youth philanthropic events contact Four County Community Foundation.

2019-2020 Youth Advisory Committee Members

OfficersMembersKellogg Youth Advisory Committee Advisors
  • Hunter Haase – Co-President
  • Noah Velinde – Co-President
  • Carsyn Boggio
  • Kylie Devlamink
  • Jacob Jankowski
  • Gracie Klink
  • Tyler Klinkman
  • Sydney Livingston
  • Sam Lovell
  • Marin Luxgrant
  • Teagan O’Bryan
  • Lizzy Parisot
  • Jack Paupert
  • Kayleigh Rienas
  • Molliegh Rinke
  • Lilly Rodriguez
  • Ben Roland
  • Reagan Roszczewski
  • Julia Schaefer
  • Avis Schapman
  • Ella Sutton
  • Julia Thompson
  • Logan Wenz
  • Lance Wolford
  • Michael Becker
  • Kathy Dickens
  • Kim Fleming
  • Pam Gedert
  • Kim Jorgensen
  • Dina Miramonti
  • Sarah Mousseau
  • Laura Schapman

YAC Grant and Scholarship Applications

Four County Community Foundation YAC Group Grants are awarded four times per year.  Application deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.  Please visit our Grantees page to apply for a grant.

4CCF YAC also awards several scholarships through a blind review process.  The scholarship deadline is March 1.  Please visit our Scholarship page to apply.