Thank you for taking the time to apply to the Youth Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a group of 20 local high school students who are responsible for reviewing funding requests and recommending grants for programs that benefit area youth. YAC members meet at least once a month during the school year for grantmaking, site visits to local organizations, and learning about community needs and philanthropy. The YAC is enriched by the unique perspective and experiences that each member brings to the Committee’s work.
The YAC program was established in 1991 through a challenge grant from the Michigan Community Foundation Youth Project (MCFYP) funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The YAC made its first grant in 1993 to the Boys and Girls Club for $1,500. Since then, the YAC has granted over $1.3 million to local youth organizations. The mission of the YAC is to empower young people, involve them in the community and teach them about philanthropy while serving as stewards through granting.
In selecting new members, the YAC looks for young people who:
care about the community and want to make a difference
bring diverse perspectives to our YAC
are open-minded, critical thinkers able to discuss tough issues and creative solutions
demonstrate integrity and initiative in their actions and decisions
Expectations of YAC members:
Attend required grant meetings three times a year and the majority of all other YAC activities and meetings. YAC meetings are usually held from 5:30-7:30 pm on weeknights and dinner is provided.
Come to meetings prepared and actively participate in decision-making and activities
Be an advocate for the YAC, the Community Foundation, and the needs of youth in the Holland/Zeeland area
All applicants will be notified of final decisions in early May. If you have any questions about the application or the YAC, please contact Jessica Lynch at email@example.com or 616.396.6590.
Thank you for your interest in YAC and best of luck!
Caleb Steeby, Chair
Ryan Lindberg, Chair-Elect
Kayla Lebster, Distribution Liaison
Cella VanHeest, Secretary
Abigail Telgenhof, Treasurer