Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Youth Advisory Council (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, review grant applications and advise the Community Foundation on youth grant awards.

The Youth Advisory Council Fund was initially created in 1994 with a $1 million dollar challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project. The purpose of the Youth Project was to encourage youth development in local communities throughout the state while strengthening community foundation leadership and grantmaking capacity.

YAC Grants

In 2014, the Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council requested a survey of their fellow St. Clair County students to gather their views of issues affecting young people today. The survey is done every three years as requested by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Youth Advisory Council analyzed the 1,185 responses to determine their funding priorities for years 2015-2018.

During these next 3 years, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will focus their resources on the following three areas:

  • Education
    • The YAC will fund programs that increase college readiness and life skills while creating a college positive community. They will also consider funding other supplemental educational programs.
  • Self-Care
    • Suicide, self harm and depression were three topic areas that emerged as areas of concern. The YAC will fund programs that aim to increase self confidence and body image while focusing on providing positive outlets for teens. They will also consider funding for prevention programs to educate teens on self care.
  • Stress Management
    • The YAC will address these concerns through programs that address college prep activities, support in making college going decisions, time management skills, and programs that provide a positive outlet for Youth to improve their well being.
If you would like to seek a grant for one of these categories, please download the application below and submit it to the Foundation.

The YAC awards grants on a monthly basis January-April. The deadline for submitting grant applications is the first day of each of those months.

YAC Mini-Grants

Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) offers mini-grants to any student(s) and adult advisor/teacher of a school club, organization or classroom in grades K-8. These grants are a maximum of $200 for projects or programs which will benefit elementary and middle school students in St. Clair County. The intent of this program is to introduce the concept of a Community Foundation and its work in philanthropy and community betterment. It is recommended that you read the guidelines before you complete an application.

Additional Information

YAC 2012

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YAC 2008/2009

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2008 YAC Fall Retreat

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