Youth Advisory Committee
Four County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a part of our Foundation whose membership is entirely made up of youth from the community. Over 30 years ago, in efforts to increase the giving capacity of community foundations throughout Michigan, and to engage youth in grantmaking, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation sponsored a Youth Challenge for Community Foundations to grow youth endowment funds. These endowment funds were to be used exclusively for grants allocated by youth advisory committees for local nonprofits’ youth programming.
Today, there are over 1,500 young people serving on 86 youth grantmaking committees, with endowment fund assets exceeding $62 million. These youth grantmaking committees are a subcommittee of a Community Foundation with a permanently endowed youth fund. They are composed of youth members ages 12-21 who review and allocate grant dollars to local non-profits’ youth programming.
Our 4CCF YAC has been in existence since 1990. Throughout the years, about 180 young philanthropists have participated. They have granted over $680,000 to area schools and non-profit organizations!
Become a part of something great!
Apply Now! If you are an area student in grades 7-12 and are interested in youth philanthropy, become a part of our YAC! Simply download, complete, and return the APPLICATION by mail or email. Applications to join YAC are open throughout the year. We would love to have you join us!
The 4CCF YAC is involved in many philanthropic activities throughout the communities we serve. Students collect and distribute necessities such as food, socks, and mittens during the winter holidays. They read to young students and volunteer at charitable events throughout our community. Each quarter, YAC members review grant requests for programs that benefit our local youth. Our YAC reviews 20-30 grant requests annually and awards $50,000 in grants each year!
All YAC service hours can be considered community service. If you serve with our YAC for two or more years, you are eligible to apply for a Leadership in Philanthropy Scholarship during your senior year. This generous award is the Foundation’s way of thanking our young philanthropists!
YAC Grants – W.K. Kellogg Youth Fund
Our Youth Advisory Committee reviews grant requests on a quarterly basis. If your non-profit organization has a program idea that benefits youth, consider applying!
Application deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.
YAC is especially interested in reviewing and awarding student-written or student-driven grant requests, referred to as Grant Tank! The Grant Tank application requires a short video (1-3 minutes) highlighting a local need. It is easy and fun! Visit our Grants page to apply.
YAC Scholarships – Leadership in Philanthropy
If you serve with our YAC for two or more years, you are eligible to apply for the Leadership in Philanthropy Scholarship during your senior year. Apply for this generous award through the scholarship page by March 1 of your senior year.
Our YAC reviews scholarship applications for four awards each spring. Scholarship applications are blindly reviewed by YAC members in grades 8-11. Our reviewers only read a submitted essay; they do not have access to other applicant information.
The scholarship deadline is March 1. Visit our Scholarship page to apply.
Become a part of something great!
Our YAC is involved in many philanthropic activities throughout the communities we serve. Students collect and distribute necessities such as food, socks, and mittens during the winter holidays. They volunteer time to read to young students, help out at Victory Day, and serve at charitable events. All YAC service hours can be considered Community Service. If you are an active member of our YAC for two or more years, you are eligible to apply for a Leadership in Philanthropy Scholarship during your senior year. The generous award is our way of thanking our young volunteers!
We strive to have representation from each of the school districts in our community, including Almont, Armada, Capac, Dryden, Imlay City, 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. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Youth Advisory Committee, download, complete, and return the YAC application by mail or email. Applications to join YAC are accepted throughout the year.
To learn more about YAC opportunities or youth philanthropic events contact Four County Community Foundation.
- Andrea Frederick – President
- Ginger Gottler – Vice President
- Emmerson Sullivan – Secretary
- Cooper Schapman – Treasurer
- Kate Wenz – VP Communications
- Ava Bailey
- Wren Dennis
- Ava DeVlaminck
- Emma Ebner
- Ava Gedert
- Cierra Helzer
- Genevieve Henry
- Avrie Hoell
- Christina Howard
- Evan Lamb
- Bryce Ligon
- Jacob Meerschaert
- Callie Wenz
- Kathy Dickens
- Sarah Mousseau
- Dina Miramonti
- Dr. Laura Schapman