YAC Grants

The Muskegon Youth Advisory Council (YAC) has granted over $1 million dollars since its start in 1989. In the past 5 years alone, they’ve granted $279,643. To get a better sense of the grantmaking work YAC has done recently, check out the list below.

Fall 2020 Grants

$9,165 to The Diatribe for their program Poetry Empowered, which helps students develop key life skills, social awareness, and positive self-expressions. Instructor and local poet Ebony “Gemini” Davis will lead a 9-week course for 90 students at the Muskegon Community Education Center.

$4,675 to Empowered Kids for their GoPro and Grow program. Empowered Kids will work with student producers to create a series of 50 or more 5-minute video modules that are designed to build resilience and teach students skills in dealing with social and mental health issues.

$2,500 to Joyful Strides Foundation for equine therapy scholarships, treating youth who are recovering from trauma or other emotional difficulties. One of very few equine therapy options in the county, Joyful Strides’ participants often gain leadership skills, self-regulation and physical strengthening.

$2,500 to Hospice of Michigan for grief support services for youth. Hospice of Michigan offers bereavement counseling for youth under the age of 18 whose families have used Hospice services, including personalized options like group support services and dealing with grief during the holidays.

$1,500 to Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore, for career readiness programs. Together, they plan to deliver two educational programs around career readiness and workforce preparation to approximately 50 local teens.

Grant History

The Diatribe Poetry Empowered Fall 2020 $9,165
Empowered Kids GoPro and Grow Fall 2020 $4,675
Joyful Strides Foundation Equine Therapy Scholarships Fall 2020 $2,500
Hospice of Michigan Youth grief counseling Fall 2020 $2,500
Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes Career readiness programs Fall 2020 $1,500

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