Youth Action Committee at our Community Foundation
You don't want to wait until adulthood to make a difference. We respect that.
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Our Community Foundation's Youth Action Committee (YAC) is more than three dozen students strong, the best and most charitable teens from more than 16 high schools in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. We serve meals in shelters, volunteer at the annual Special Olympics games and work during the school year to make the community better for kids and teens.
We are also grantmakers, reading dozens of applications and making decisions about how tens of thousands of dollars are distributed annually. In 2014, YAC awarded $43,806 to 24 nonprofits in mid-Michigan. An additional $4,550 went to 14 local elementary and middle school classrooms for environmental and anti-bullying projects.
A history of rising to the challenge
Youth action committees got their start 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.