Youth Advisory Council

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The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) brings together a diverse group of young people from 16 Muskegon area high schools to address issues and challenges faced by youth in their communities. In addition to participating in community service throughout the school year, our YAC members also serve as grantmakers, awarding over $60,000 annually to support youth-related projects in Muskegon County.

Members meet once a month to learn about youth issues in Muskegon County, participate in community service or visit nonprofits to see them in action. The YAC reviews grant proposals two times per year. Their decisions are based on funding priorities and where they can make the biggest positive impact. Recent YAC grants include: helping area teachers fund special classroom projects, supporting the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance “Calling All Colors” program in Muskegon County schools, and the 4th Annual Good for Youth Summit.

The Youth Advisory Council got its start in 1989, when the W.K. Kellogg Foundation issued a challenge to Michigan community foundations: Raise money to create an unrestricted youth endowment fund and Kellogg would provide matching dollars so that the teens could give grants forever. To date, the Muskegon YAC has awarded over $1,000,000 in Muskegon County.

For more information on our Youth Advisory Council, email our YAC Advisor, JacQuaye A. Payne.

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