YAC grants exceed $49,000

Posted on June 1, 2017

The Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council finished out their year with more than $49,000 awarded in grants.

Grant highlights include:

  • $6,150 to Yale Elementary School to purchase Fast ForWord, a program that addresses activities at the core of determining a student’s ability to successfully perform academically
  • $1,012 to A Beautiful Me for workshop and Camp S.H.I.N.E. supplies
  • $7,500 to Literacy and Beyond for Books 4 Kids: Building Home Libraries, which will help purchase high interest books to be distributed to k-3 students at Woodrow Wilson, Cleveland and Roosevelt elementary schools, and k-5 students at East Shore Leadership Academy
  • $6,000 to Lions Visually Impaired Youth Camp
  • $3,000 to Port Huron Northern High School for the Packs for a Purpose program
  • $500 to each of the following organizations for general support – Blue Water YMCA, Julie’s Kids, Child Abuse and Neglect Council, Marysville NJHS and Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • $5,000 to the River Rec Teen Zone in Marine City for Tech Zone

YAC is a group of students representing most high schools in St. Clair County. They are empowered to create a positive role model for youth as philanthropists, assess local youth needs and advise the Community Foundation on youth grant awards.

YAC also closed the year with more than $1.5 million in their fund, so the group will be making grants for years to come.
All year to date grants from YAC and other Community Foundation committees can be viewed here.

The end of the 2017 school year, and therefore YAC, means the Community Foundation bids farewell to several graduating senior committee members.

Outgoing president Abbey Dombrowski served four years on YAC, including two as treasurer and one as president. She is moving on to Concordia University. RJ Russel will take over her position as YAC president in 2018.

We also say goodbye to the Port Huron Northern representatives Kit Harmer, Jordan Tomlinson and Ellie Kolar, as well as homeschooler Joshua Wiegand. They each served four years on the committee. Three-year veteran Ashley Beattie of Marine City High School and 2-year veteran Giani DiTrapani of Port Huron High School will also be retiring.

We wish them well in all their future endeavors.

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