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.
Beginning in 2012, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will be focusing on three main priority areas:
- Stress Management- specifically focusing on college prep assistance and anti-bullying
- Recreation- specifically focusing on programs that make recreation accessible to all youth in St. Clair County
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.
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.