School is back in session which means our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is gearing up for another great year of youth philanthropy and leadership.
Helping to lead the group of 30+ teens from high schools throughout the county will be the 2022-23 YAC Executive Committee. With a mix of returning and new executive members, the committee has a blend of experience and fresh perspective that will help guide the young grantmakers in granting over $50,000 to local youth serving organizations and projects.
Here are the seven members leading the way and more about what they are looking forward to this year and how YAC is impacting their lives.
"Going into this new granting season as YAC President, I am so excited to see how we as a group of young individuals will come together and use philanthropy skills to grant to local orgs that fit our priorities!! I am most looking forward to leading discussions and hearing our members talk through the granting process…it’s an experience like none other!! Being a YAC member and exec committee will affect my future by providing me with significant leadership skills, problem-solving skills, strong discussion skills, and significant responsibility that is unlike any other role I have ever had. Being in this leadership position can only aid me in my future to be better equipped in several ways and I could not be happier to be serving in this role for the 2022-23 granting year!"
Port Huron Northern Senior
"Starting my second year as an executive committee member on YAC, I’m very excited to see another year of engaging discussions with my fellow YAC members. However, I think I’m most excited to start another great granting season. Being an executive committee member on YAC has definitely been an incredible opportunity to practice and grow my philanthropy skills. I hope to carry this skill set with me far past YAC."
Port Huron Northern Senior
"This year on YAC I am looking forward to meeting the new members and hearing their ideas. I also can’t wait to see the new grant applications that we get because I love getting to see what new or developing programs there are in our community. I also am excited to have more of a leadership role and be able to help the newer members learn what YAC is all about. I have become a lot more comfortable sharing my ideas and talking in front of people and I think it’s because of how welcoming everyone in YAC is. I am so grateful that I’ve gotten opportunities to meet new people in our community and create connections with them which I believe will help me in the future."
Port Huron Northern Junior
"I’m looking forward to YAC again this year as it’s a constant opportunity and I can’t wait to meet more people who are joining and finally being able to help them out for a change! I believe it will change how I view teamwork. I’ve always been a person who knows I can get it done by myself, but that’s not a great outlook. I also think it will open doors and opportunities down the road!"