Manistee County Youth Advisory Council Fund

Committee Advised

Over ten years ago, W.K. Kellogg Foundation conceived a fruitful idea to help seed community foundations throughout Michigan if the local Foundation agreed to establish a permanent youth fund and a Youth Advisory Council (YAC). They wanted to help create a strong philanthropic training ground for youth and in a few short years over 86 YACs were formed across Michigan. The goal was to help young people learn generosity and leadership and at the same time build stronger and more caring communities.

The Manistee County YAC governs the Manistee County Youth Fund, advises on grants out of the fund each year, and performs community service. This special group of young people are Manistee County's own local panel of experts regarding youth issues who provide recommendations to the Manistee County Community Foundation board of directors about grants to be awarded from the fund each year.  Most importantly, the Manistee County YAC provide an ongoing source of support for programs and services for our County's youth.

In 2007 and 2008 the YAC provided a total of $4,000 in grant support for the Manistee Intermediate School District's Exploring Arts Partnership with Very Special Arts and From Cowpokes to Careers programs, Bigs and Littles Club and Youth as Partners in Mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Conservation Resource Alliance's 4th Annual Youth Fly Fishing Seminar.

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