Youth Action Committee at our Community Foundation

You don't want to wait until adulthood to make a difference. We respect that.

What is YAC?

The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is an advisory committee of our Community Foundation. YAC grants money through the Foundation to fund and promote programs that help youth in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties. Members are 13 to 18 years old and represent 16 high schools throughout the tri-county area.

Last year, YAC granted more than $41,000 to nonprofit organizations in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties.

YAC also participates in ongoing community service projects such as working at a food distribution center, serving meals at a soup kitchen and hosting holiday parties for foster children. Through their activities, YAC members learn about volunteerism, philanthropy and community service.

A history of rising to the challenge

Youth action committees began in the 1990s when the W.K. Kellogg Foundation issued a challenge to Michigan community foundations: Raise $2 for unrestricted endowment funds and Kellogg would give $1 to a youth endowment fund so teens could give grant money forever. Today, the collective assets of Michigan's youth funds are nearly 40 million and the funds provide $2.5 million to Michigan communities every year.

There are more than 86 groups of teen givers, ages 13 to 18, all over Michigan working through community foundations and responding to need. They work to ensure their peers have access to healthy food, tutoring, arts and cultural opportunities and recreational programs.

Join today. It's free!

Download and complete our membership application form and contact our YAC advisor Robin Grinnell with any questions. 

YAC meetings are held at our Community Foundation's office at 330 Marshall Street, Lansing MI 48912. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, from 6 to 8 p.m., September through May.

Looking for YAC grant forms? Click here.

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