Join YAC!

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Join YAC, and you’ll work to combat academic stress, anxiety, bully/cyberbullying, mental health issues, low self-esteem, and other similar challenges your peers grapple with every day.  You’ll serve your community, not because you got caught spray-painting your high school or egging a teacher’s car, but because you want to. You’ll be a grantmaker who helps dispense tens of thousands of dollars of aid to youth-related projects in Muskegon County—each year­. Interested? We’re recruiting! Apply now, using the electronic form below.

Youth Advisory Council Membership Application

  • The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a collective of 30+ youth grantmakers who represent 16 Muskegon-area high schools. This team meets monthly to allot over $60,000 to local youth-serving organizations and projects. When YAC isn't grantmaking, it's planning community service projects and site visits to the organizations it funds.

    YAC is currently looking for representatives from from Calvary Christian (1), Fruitport (1), Home School (2), Montague (1), Muskegon (1), Muskegon Heights (2), Oakridge (2), Orchard View (1), Ravenna (2), Reeths-Puffer (1), West Michigan Christian (1), and Whitehall (2). Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the current youth advisory council and you'll be contacted about an interview. Our interview dates will be May 15, 17, and 18 between 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. You'll typically know if you've been selected within a week or so of your interview.

    Visit the YAC FAQ to learn more about us. If you have any questions about the application process, please let us know at yac@muskegonfoundation.org.
  • About You

    Tell us a bit about yourself.
  • This may be used to contact you about a membership interview and meeting notices.
  • These are the schools from which we do not yet have 2 YAC representatives. If your school is not on this list, this means that we currently do not have a position open for your school. If this is the case, you are welcome to apply next year. In the cases in which more than two candidates from a single school are extremely promising, and in which we are lacking the necessary representatives from other schools, we may admit more than two students from a single school.
  • If you selected OTHER in the high school list and are applying for next year, please specify high school here.
  • What grade will you be in as of the 2017-2018 school year? We do not accept applications from 12th grade students.
  • YAC does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression. In order to track the effectiveness of our recruiting efforts and ensure we consider the needs of all our members, please consider the following optional question.
  • Transgender is an umbrella term that refers to people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. Other identities considered to fall under this umbrella can include non-binary, gender fluid, and genderqueer – as well as many more. Please consider answering this optional question for the reasons stated in the previous question.
    YAC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity. In order to track the effectiveness of our recruiting efforts and ensure we consider the needs of all our members, please consider the following optional question.
    YAC does not discriminate on the basis of race. In order to track the effectiveness of our recruiting efforts and ensure we consider the needs of all our members, please consider the following optional question.
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    Tell us a bit about your interests, qualities, and opinions.
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